Car accidents are among the most common types of personal injury lawsuits. There are thousands of people who are injured in car accidents every single year, but there are some types of injuries that show up much more frequently than others. Let’s take a look at the most common types of car accidents and the types of personal injury they often result in.

Rear-End Accidents

The most common type of car accident that results in a personal injury is rear-end collisions. It is often the case that the leading vehicle is stopped in traffic or at a red light when another vehicle hits it from behind. Even at lower speeds, the impact can throw the driver and passengers forward in their seats, resulting in a number of injuries. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in this type of accident. Others involve the driver impacting the steering wheel resulting in head and chest injuries or damage to the knees. If the airbags are deployed, front-seat passengers and drivers may also suffer burns from the propellant. It is usually the case that rear passengers suffer less severe personal injuries assuming that they are wearing their seatbelt.

T-Bone Accidents

T-Bone Accidents are the informal name given to accidents where one car is struck at an approximately 90-degree angle, creating a ‘T’ shape from the two vehicles. This type of accident often results in serious injuries, especially when the impact is severe. Those sitting in the direct path of contact may suffer from broken bones, head trauma, or organ damage.

Head-On Collision

In terms of the most dangerous type of car accidents, the head-on collision is the one that has a disproportionate number of deaths attributed to in comparison with other car accidents. Often, if someone survives a head-on collision, the injuries they are left with are considered to be catastrophic. This would include permanent disability, chronic pain, or disfigurement. Some of the most common injuries seen in head-on collisions include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Broken Bones
  • Organ Damage
  • Burns
  • Severe Lacerations

Minor Car Accidents

It is important to note that even more minor car accidents and ‘fender benders’ can also result in personal injury. It does not take a huge impact to cause soft tissue injury to the back or neck. Sometimes, it can feel like there is no injury at all, only for the pain or discomfort to emerge days later.



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