Personal Injury

What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?

Benjamin U. Bowden
December 26, 2023

Car accidents aren't uncommon on our busy roads; fortunately, most of these accidents don't result in major injuries. Unfortunately, though, there are still a significant amount of car accidents that result in life-altering injuries, damages to your vehicle, or death. 

When driving, you should always be alert, adjusting your driving to meet the needs of the road and other drivers around you. Additionally, knowing what causes different kinds of accidents can be instrumental in avoiding damage to yourself and your property. However, accidents can still occur even when we're fully focused on the road ahead:

T-Bone Accidents: T-bone or side-impact collisions occur when the front of one vehicle smashes the side of another, forming a "T" shape at the place of impact. These types of accidents usually occur in busy intersections. For example, a T-bone accident can happen when a driver runs a red light, ignores a stop sign, loses control, or turns left without checking on the oncoming traffic.

Turn-On Red Accidents: These accidents happen at the red traffic light when a driver turns left without yielding to the approaching traffic. Waiting a few more minutes for the light to turn green or being sure that there is no oncoming traffic can be the difference between arriving at your destination safely or being involved in a potentially life-changing accident. 

Rear-End Accidents: Reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that rear-end crashes account for 29 percent of traffic accidents, making them one of the most common kinds of car accident. A rear-end accident happens when a driver follows the front vehicle too closely, or the traffic slows suddenly and is unable to brake in time to stop. In addition, an intoxicated or distracted driver may fail to notice sudden changes on the road, which inhibit their ability to stop safely.

U-Turn Accidents: U-turn accidents are another common type of crash that occurs when a driver at a red light makes a U-turn without yielding to oncoming vehicles. In this type of accident, the fault usually lies with the driver making U-turns where it is illegal or without checking traffic flow first.

Sideswipe Accidents: Sideswipe accidents happen when two vehicles, traveling in the same direction or driving next to each other in the opposite direction, make an impact. Common causes of sideswipe crashes are distracted drivers or drivers who quickly make lane changes without checking their mirrors or blind spots. 

Get the Help of a Mississippi Car Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Mississippi car accident, you should contact a Mississippi Car Accident Attorney as soon as possible. At Ben Bowden, we have the knowledge and experience to handle your case from start to finish, ensuring you have the chance to receive sufficient compensation for injuries and damages.

Contact us online or call (228) 896-5652 to schedule a consultation with our leading Mississippi Car Accident Attorney, Ben Bowden.