Sometimes, how a car crash happens determines how severe and catastrophic the injuries are. The way the cars collide can help determine who was at fault for the accident, which, in turn, can help victims obtain the compensation they need to get well. These are the most common types of car wrecks, and why they could lead to serious injuries, and:
- Rear-end collisions. Here, the damage is usually to the rear of the car in front and in the front bumper of the car that was at fault. Many rear-end accidents happen at traffic stops when the rear car fails to hit the brakes in time. Whiplash is a common rear-end accident injury, but you can also hit your head on the dash or the steering wheel.
- Side-impact collisions. These accidents, also called T-bone collisions, occur when the front of one car strikes the side of another car. These accidents often occur in intersections where one car is making a turn. Side-impact crashes pose a threat to the person who has just been hit, but also a serious threat to the driver of the other car. Both parties may sustain head, neck or spinal injuries, lacerations from glass shards, or broken bones.
- Sideswipe collisions. Two cars going in the same direction or trying to merge may come into contact with each other. For example, a car trying to pass another may strike the non-passing car. The danger of side-impact collisions is that one or both cars may then spin out of control, causing multi-car crashes and serious injuries. People may also be injured by their own side-impact airbags, or from glass shards is the windows break.
- Multi-vehicle crashes. Multi-car crashes are complex cases, especially in Tennessee, because multiple parties could be found liable for damages. Depending on the impact, drivers may sustain injuries that run the gamut of severity, from bruised muscles to paralysis.
- Vehicle rollovers. Driver who speed through a turn too quickly, strike an object in the road, or whose vehicles have a defect that affects their balance may flip over. This kind of crash often causes fatalities or catastrophic injuries. SUVs and jeeps are especially prone to rollovers.
- Single car crashes. Drivers who operate their vehicle while distracted, while intoxicated, or while going too fast often lose control of their car. Occupants of the car killed or permanently injured; so can pedestrians or cyclists who are in the area at the time.
- Head-on crashes. When the fronts of two vehicles travelling in opposite directions collide, the consequences are often deadly. Survivors of head-on car accidents often suffer traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and a lifetime of pain and suffering. Despite being the most rare, head-on collisions are widely recognized as the most likely to be fatal.
At Wagner & Wagner Attorneys, at Law our Chattanooga car accident lawyers fight to get victims and the families of deceased victims every dollar they deserve. We understand how to prove fault, how to confirm your medical injuries, and how to convince insurance companies and juries of your excruciating physical pain and deep emotional suffering. We represent clients in North Georgia as well as Tennessee. For help now please call us at 423-799-3532 or fill our contact form. We take cases on a contingency fee basis.