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Types of Car Accidents

At Torgenson Law, we represent people who have been injured or lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by the unsafe and negligent driving of another. Our motor vehicle accident attorneys understand the complex laws surrounding personal injury and accident cases.

Our team is committed to fighting for the maximum compensation for each of our clients. After an accident or injury, contact Torgenson Law at 602-726-0747 to discuss your case with an experienced attorney without cost or obligation to you.

That said, there are numerous kinds of car accidents, and each one requires attention to detail and a unique legal strategy to defend the victims involved.

Different Types of Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Different types of car accidents can result in several distinct types of injuries due to the varying nature of forces and impacts involved. Each accident scenario presents unique circumstances, such as vehicle speed, direction, angle of impact, and safety features that can significantly influence the type and severity of injuries sustained.

Some common types of injuries suffered in car accidents include whiplash, fractures, internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and spinal cord injuries. Whiplash is a common injury caused by the abrupt back-and-forth movement of the head and neck during a collision. Fractures are another common injury, occurring when a bone breaks due to the force of the impact.

Internal injuries may also result from car accidents, and they can be life-threatening if left untreated. Internal bleeding, organ damage, and bruising are some examples of internal injuries commonly seen after a car crash.

Traumatic brain injuries occur when a person’s head is forcefully impacted, causing damage to the brain. Similarly, spinal cord injuries can have severe consequences. Damage to the spinal cord can result in paralysis or loss of sensation in parts of the body, depending on the location and severity of the injury.

Head-On Collisions

A head-on collision is an automobile accident that occurs when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other, with the front ends colliding. It is a severe type of crash that often leads to catastrophic injuries or fatalities due to the force involved. In a head-on collision, the impact forces are more concentrated as the vehicles are approaching each other at high speeds, potentially doubling the force of the impact compared to other types of accidents.

This type of collision may occur on any type of road, including highways, streets, or rural roads. Common causes of head-on collisions include distracted or impaired driving, reckless overtaking, tiredness, or falling asleep at the wheel, as well as slippery road conditions, poor visibility, or losing control of the vehicle.

Due to the nature of head-on collisions, injuries sustained in these accidents tend to be severe. They may include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple fractures, internal organ damage, and severe lacerations. In many cases, the occupants of the vehicles may be ejected from their seats, further increasing the risk of serious injuries. Additionally, head-on collisions can result in fires or explosions, further heightening the danger for the individuals involved.

Rollover Accidents

A rollover crash is a type of vehicular accident in which a vehicle flips or rolls onto its side or roof due to the forces involved in the collision. It is characterized by rotational motion, where the vehicle loses stability and tips over onto its side or roof, often resulting in severe damage and potential injury to the occupants.

Rollover crashes typically occur when a vehicle is traveling at high speed, experiences a sudden change in direction, or encounters a tripping mechanism that causes it to lift and rotate. The most common factors contributing to rollover crashes include driver error, such as over-correcting while steering, impairment due to alcohol or drugs, distraction, or aggressive driving. Additionally, vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans, have a higher propensity for rollovers due to their design and weight distribution.

The consequences of a rollover crash can be catastrophic, often leading to severe injuries or fatalities. The impact forces experienced during a rollover can cause occupants to be tossed around within the vehicle or even ejected from it, leading to serious head, neck, and spinal injuries. The vehicle’s structural integrity may also be compromised, resulting in inadequate protection during a rollover.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a legal term used to describe the behavior of a driver who operates a vehicle negligently, with a complete disregard for the safety of others or the potential consequences of their actions. It refers to an intentional act that demonstrates a wanton or willful disregard for the rules of the road, putting both the driver and others at risk of harm. Reckless driving goes beyond simple negligence or occasional mistakes while driving and is seen as a more severe offense that can result in criminal charges.

Common elements of reckless driving typically include excessive speeding, tailgating, aggressive swerving, illegal passing, running red lights or stop signs, street racing, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and engaging in other dangerous maneuvers while behind the wheel.

Multiple Vehicle Collisions

A multiple-vehicle collision, also known as a multi-vehicle accident or pile-up, refers to an incident in which three or more vehicles collide with each other simultaneously or in rapid succession. Unlike a typical two-vehicle accident, multiple-vehicle collisions involve numerous vehicles and can result in a complex and chaotic situation. These accidents often occur on busy highways, freeways, or intersections, where traffic is dense and vehicles are traveling at high speeds.

Multiple vehicle collisions often result in a higher risk of injuries, fatalities, and significant damage to vehicles due to the overall magnitude of the accident.

Hit and Run Accidents

A hit-and-run collision is an accident where a driver involved in the incident intentionally leaves the scene without stopping to provide information or help those who may have been injured. In a hit and run, the driver may have caused the accident by hitting another vehicle, pedestrian, bicyclist, or even a stationary object and willfully chooses to flee instead of taking responsibility for their actions.

This type of collision usually results in considerable damage or injury, and it is illegal in Arizona to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information or reporting it to the authorities. If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, contact Torgenson Law as soon as possible after the accident so that we can investigate the details and form a convincing case for a claim against the perpetrator.

Leaving the scene of an accident violates traffic laws and adds to the potential harm caused to the victims by delaying medical assistance or necessary financial compensation. Additionally, severe penalties, including fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment, can be imposed on individuals found guilty of hit-and-run collisions.

Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision refers to a type of vehicle accident where one vehicle crashes into the backside of another vehicle in motion or at a standstill. These types of accidents typically occur when the following vehicle fails to maintain an appropriate and safe distance from the vehicle ahead. A collision can range from a minor fender bender to a severe accident, depending on the force of impact and vehicle speeds involved.

This type of accident is commonly caused by factors such as distracted driving, aggressive driving, tailgating, sudden stops, or reduced visibility. Rear-end collisions can result in various injuries, including whiplash, concussions, back problems, or even fatalities. The severity of the collision depends on the speed at impact, the size and weight of the vehicles involved, and the usage of safety features like seat belts and airbags.

A Note on Whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury resulting from a car accident and is characterized by a sudden and forceful movement of the neck and head. It typically occurs when a vehicle is hit from behind, causing the head to be thrown forward and then jerked backward in a whip-like motion. This rapid, back-and-forth movement can cause damage to the soft tissues in the neck, including the muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

Symptoms of whiplash can vary but commonly include neck pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. It is important to seek medical attention if one experiences any of these symptoms after a car accident, as proper diagnosis and treatment can help prevent long-term complications and promote a faster recovery. Whiplash is a severe injury that should not be overlooked, as it can significantly impact one’s daily life and well-being if left untreated.

Call Torgenson Law Today

Torgenson Law handles all types of car accidents, personal injury, and liability cases. If you have been injured in any type of accident because of someone else’s negligence, seek immediate medical help, and then pick up the phone and call 602-726-0747 or reach out to us online.

When you do, you’ll be connected with an experienced accident injury attorney that will lead you through the process of filing a claim. We work with you on identifying the cause of the accident and help build a compelling case for compensation for injuries and damages.

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