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3 Common Types of Auto Collisions

Collisions between automobiles and other vehicles or objects can range in severity. If you're lucky, all that you'll sustain is some minor body damage that can be resolved with dent removal Grapevine TX. A more serious accident may result in severe bodily injury or even death. While any type of car accident can be serious, the severity may depend partly on the type of accident that occurs.

1. Head-On Collision

Head-on collisions are not the most common type, but they do rank in the top five. Because of the increased force sustained by both drivers, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous. They typically occur when one driver is not paying attention and starts heading the wrong direction.

2. Side-Impact Collision

The colloquial name for a side-impact collision is a T-bone accident. This occurs when the front of one car strikes the side of another at a 90-degree angle. The perpendicular configuration of the two cars resembles the shape of the letter "T." This type of collision typically occurs at intersections when one of the two cars does not obey traffic signs or signals.

3. Rear-End Collision

Nearly one-third of all car accidents are rear-end collisions in which one vehicle runs into the back of another. Most rear-end collisions are attributed to inattention by the driver of the car that strikes the vehicle in front of it, which is usually stopped at the time. The presumption is that the driver in back bears most, if not all, of the responsibility for the collision. The driver in front is not expected pay close attention to what is happening in back or take evasive action to avoid a rear-end collision. Rear-end collisions are common causes of whiplash injuries.

Other common types of auto collisions include sideswipe collisions, in which two vehicles collide while driving next to one another, and single-vehicle accidents, which occur when a vehicle hits an animal, a fixed object, or runs off the road.

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