Everyone can remember the first time they got behind the wheel of a car. The recipe of insecurity and inexperience mixes together, and it is only with the continued repetition of routine that driving becomes as natural as existing. But getting too familiar behind the wheel of a car is just as bad as inexperience in regards to the threat of an accident. Accidents can happen due to almost any reason, on either side. Patterns have a way of showing themselves while on the road, and as such, certain car accidents exist that are the most common. These car accidents happen at any speed, from any angle, and can happen anywhere. Knowing what they are now can help drivers understand what to do in similar situations later.
1.) Low Speed Impact
A car accident can happen at any speed, even as slow as one mile per hour. Accidents as low impact at these slow speeds include fender-benders and bumps. At its definition, a low speed impact can be defined as a collision under the speed of ten miles per hour. Usually these types of accidents happen while backing out of a driveway or parking area, or while driving through neighborhoods.
Be aware that injuries can happen no matter the speed involved. Even if the accident occurs under the speed of ten miles per hour, whiplash can become an experience that needs to be checked out by a doctor.
2.) Frontal Impact
Bracing for impact can prepare your body for the shock of a collision, which means that frontal collisions allows the driver to see what is ahead and thus gives them enough time to react accordingly. The automatic reaction of oncoming danger is to brace the body, which can help absorb the shock. Frontal impact accidents often include trees, animals, cars, or other various obstructions of the road.
The most common injuries involved with a collision involving the front of the vehicle include head, neck, back, spine, rib, clavicle, arms, and legs. After an impact such as this, it is best to seek out a medical professional to get checked for concussions, internal damage, dislocations, or other injuries.
3.) Rear Impact
An impact from the rear is almost as likely as a collision to the front of a vehicle. Rear impacts can also include fender-benders, or a distracted driver behind your vehicle. An accident hitting the rear of the car is almost always caused by the driver behind the impacted car. This thus means that this type of accident can be categorized as an “at fault” scenario.
While all accidents are caused by one of the drivers involved in a distraction, collisions in the rear are almost always caused by a distraction. Every driver should do their part to ensure that when they are behind the wheel, they are not distracted.
Injuries can range from minor to major depending on the speed of the impact itself, as is the case in all accidents.
4.) Side Collision
In this particular kind of accident, the driver’s head will hit something to the side of them, such as the door and window. This can lead to spinal injuries or concussions depending on the various environment of the accident. These types of car accidents are more dangerous than others due to the fact that no air bags protect the driver or any passengers from the sideways blow. The impact is also increased with the possibility of shattering glass
5.) Intersectional Collision
Collisions at an intersection are most often called “T-bone hits” because these accidents are most often caused by an individual attempting to run a red light or a stop sign. In an intersection, a car can be hit from almost any direction. A car taking a left turn without yielding to oncoming traffic may also be a reason for such a collision. The cause of an intersectional accident is almost always very easy to determine. Florida sees many accidents of this type, especially in the aforementioned left turning lane. The types of injuries pertaining to this particular example vary depending on the situation.
You as a driver can only control your own vehicle. While on the road, be prepared for any situation around you, and properly strategize according to your surroundings. In your car, always carry a camera to document any damage to you or the car, a notebook to record information should an accident occur, and a simple first aid kit.
Most Common Places and Causes of Car Accidents
The most common car accidents are usually determined by the most common places and causes. Understanding how the aforementioned car accidents relate in correlation to the most common environmental aspects can help any driver become more prepared while driving.
The most common places where parking lots occur are neighborhoods, parking lots, commutes, and intersections. Most car accidents occur close to home, which usually mean neighborhoods, especially in Florida. The most common accidents in neighborhoods are collisions into parked cars, backing out of the driveway and into an oncoming car, and hitting a car to avoid pedestrians on the road. When not everyone drives safely in a parking lot, accidents can occur. Most accidents involve driving too fast, or driving across a parking lot rather than following the allotted rows. Commutes are a drivers’ most common route; commutes are a common place for drivers to attempt to multi-task or become too tired, thus increasing the chance of an accident occurring on that road. The left turn on an intersection is also a common place for an accident to occur.
The most common causes of car accidents are due to distraction, fatigue, non-driving activities, environmental conditions, and medical or emotional impairment. Anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the road even for a few fleeting moments is causing a danger to the driver, any passengers, and their vehicle. Do not attempt to multi-task while actively driving; if you must do anything that would potentially take away the safety of your driving, do so at a red light or a stop sign.
Understanding the most common car accidents now can help any driver, new or experience, learn to avoid them while on the road. If everyone actively avoided a car accident, keeping themselves alert and cautionary at all times, there would be no vehicle accidents. The driver can only control their own car; being aware of the weather, the road, the vehicles in the area, and other factors of the surrounding terrain is the first step in keeping the road safe. By being aware of all surroundings, drivers can actively prepare for doing their part in making the road a safer place for everyone.