High Mortality and Severe Injury Risk Car Accidents
In 2018, an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives to car crashes. Those that didn’t die in these car accidents likely came away from the experience with severe injuries. Car accidents are one of the top causes of death here in the United States and have massive destructive potential when it comes to damage to people and property. The majority of all accidents are hardly the life-ending events that make up the worst case scenario. Instead, most accidents end up being fender benders and bumps that hardly classify as mayhem. Learn about the 4 most dangerous types of car accidents and how to avoid them.
There are a few types of accidents that are well known for the level of danger and destruction that they can wreak on the road. People that are involved in these kinds of accidents will typically suffer severe injuries and be stuck with massive medical expenses, lost wages from time spent in injury recovery, and a lot of pain and suffering.
Victims of these especially destructive car accidents can seek compensation for the damages they suffered by filing a car accident suit against a party that was liable for the accident. You can pursue compensation for these damages on your own or by hiring a car accident lawyer.
Many parties could actually be liable for the injuries caused by a destructive car accident. The most common individual at-fault in a car accident is the other driver. But third-parties can be negligent too. For example, car manufacturers, part manufacturers, and many others may be held responsible if they were negligent and those actions resulted in the accident that caused your injuries.
Pileup Car Accidents
The majority of accidents that people will be involved in will typically involve only one other vehicle. Even then, an accident between two vehicles can still be quite destructive. When the number of vehicles involved in an accident goes up then the likelihood of someone suffering severe injury goes up as well. When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident on a busy road then there is the chance that additional vehicles may inadvertently collide with the cars involved in the initial accident. This can create a chain reaction of vehicles crashing into each other in what is called a pileup. When a pileup occurs those involved in the initial collision are often unable to do much to escape the onslaught of vehicles adding to the pileup and are put at risk for more damage. The pileup of vehicles can also increase the risk of fires, explosions, and flying debris.
A head-on collision is when a vehicle runs square into the front of another vehicle that is traveling in the opposite direction. Head-on collisions are not likely to occur at very low speeds. The situation often requires that both vehicles be traveling along a road with lanes moving in opposite directions and one vehicle veers into the other lane and causes a collision. Even at average speeds of 40mph, if both vehicles hit each other head-on at this speed then the actual impact would be comparable to one at 80mph thanks to Newton’s third law. When head-on collisions occur there is a very high chance of fatality since the driver is getting the full force of the accident of the front. If they are not wearing a seatbelt they are absolutely hitting the windshield and even if they are, the force alone will cause serious injury.