The Most Common Type of Car Accidents

The Most Common Type of Car Accidents

Unfortunately, the number of car accidents occurring in the UK is on the rise, and so it is highly likely that every person reading this post will be involved in some kind of car accident within their lifetime. With around 245,000 miles of road within the UK and approximately 35 million vehicles, it isn’t surprising that there is a crash or two happening every now and again. Many car accidents are minor and can easily be solved by insurance companies, but as Solicitors who deal with many personal injury claims in the Manchester Area, we are all too aware of the fact that some accidents can lead to injuries for drivers and passengers, many of them serious and some can even prove fatal.

We have dealt with many car crashes injury claims in our time and have built up a picture of the most common types of crashes that happen – whether they are caused by negligence, carelessness or recklessness. Here is a quick overview of the most common:

Head-On Collisions

This is one of the worst types of car accidents and typically occurs when a motor vehicle crosses into oncoming traffic and strikes another vehicle head on. An understanding of physics tells us that this type of car accident is more severe than others because the energy of the crash will be doubled due to the travelling speed of both vehicles. For example, if both cars are travelling at 50mph when they collide, the combined effect for each of them will be like them hitting a solid wall at 100mph. obviously, severe injuries and even fatalities can easily occur from this sort of car crash.

Rear End Collisions

The rear end collision is a more frequent type of crash – with a recent survey showing that there were around 420,000 rear end crashes over a period of 12 months within the UK. These types of crashes tend to occur at a relatively low speed, and any injuries suffered are usually minimal. However, you must never walk away from one of these car accidents without exchanging details with the other driver, as many soft tissue injuries will not show up until sometime later. To make a personal injury claim, you will need to have the other driver’s details.

Side Impact Collisions

Side impact car accidents are one of the most dangerous collisions that can occur on the roads, and, unfortunately, these also happen on a regular basis. These type of car accidents tend to happen at busy intersections when one motor vehicle slams into the side of another motor vehicle. The main causes of a side impact collision are usually that one driver has failed to noticea traffic control signal. Although car safety has advanced greatly over the past few years, the injuries sustained from such a crash can still be severe dependent on the speed that both the vehicles were travelling at, and the respective size of the vehicles involved. For example, if a motorcyclist is struck side on by a truck this is likely to cause a fatality.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive injury compensation, and compensation for lost wages – depending on the severity of the accident and the injuries sustained. The solicitors at Go Law are specialists in the area of Personal Injury Claims in Manchester, so feel free to call us on 01625 523 838 for more information.