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Common types of motor vehicle collisions

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2023 | Car Accidents

Car crashes may happen without warning, leaving drivers and passengers suffering from injuries. Vehicle collisions might take different forms on Tennessee roads, so drivers should be wary of vehicles in all directions. However, defensive driving skills have limits, and some accidents prove unavoidable when negligence is involved.

Variations of car accidents

Motor vehicle collisions fall under various categories. Five of the more common accidents are the following:

  • Rear-End Collision
  • Head-On Collision
  • Side Collisions
  • Side Swipes
  • Rollovers

There are other types of crashes, and accidents can be classified as single or multi-vehicle collisions. No matter the type, all motor vehicle accidents can cause harm.

It is a mistake to assume some accidents are worse than others. While a head-on collision or a rollover comes with significant risks of catastrophic injuries or fatalities, rear-end and sideswipe accidents may cause the same.

Motor vehicle collision causes

Just as there are different types of motor vehicle crashes, there are several reasons why a collision may occur. Often, negligence factors into the cause. Speeding, driving under the influence, and other forms of reckless driving might make an accident unavoidable. Fatigued or distracted driving may result in an accident since a driver’s perceptions and reactions might be dull.

Sometimes, a driver only has seconds to avoid a collision. Driving too fast or not paying attention to the road can cause a driver to lose this time.

When someone’s negligence contributes to a car crash, the person may face a liability claim. A business, including a driver’s employer or even the vehicle’s manufacturer, can be liable if they contributed negligence. Lawsuits or insurance claims may follow.