Automobile Accident Types
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Accidents are caused frequently by drivers who are fatigued. Sleep-deprived drivers are just as deadly as drunk drivers. Nearly 4 percent of deadly crashes involve drivers who are fatigued. This type of accident is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it frequently gets overlooked.
Despite all the warnings, public awareness, educational programs, etc., people still get behind the wheel of their vehicles while intoxicated. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in the United States for persons under age 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those deaths more than 40 percent are alcohol-related. An estimated 40 percent of all persons in the United States will be involved in a traffic mishap blamed on alcohol at some point in their lives. In California, a person with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.08 percent or higher is considered legally drunk.
Although rear-end collisions are the least fatal type of auto accident, they are the most common. The use of cell phones and iPods as well as passenger distraction contribute greatly to these types of accidents. Occupants of the impacted vehicle usually suffer worse injuries than those in the other car. Whiplash is a common injury in rear-end collisions.
Side-impact collisions are often serious. They include any accident where one car hits the side of another, whether by merging into another vehicle's lane, "t-boning" the vehicle by running a stop sign or traffic signal or just skidding out of control and hitting the side of a car at an angle.
Speeding Car Accident
While auto accidents injure a person in the United States every 10 seconds, speeding drivers are the cause of nearly 30 percent of these collisions. And, speeding alone is a contributing factor in almost one-third of all fatal crashes.
A rollover accident is when a car flips over onto the side or the roof of the car. Although this can result from a head-on collision, a side-impact or a rear-impact accident, the main cause is turning sharply while speeding. Tall vehicles, such as SUVs or trucks, are more likely to tip over than smaller cars.