What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?

About six million car accidents occur in the U.S. every year. Every time you get in a vehicle, you are at risk of being involved in a traffic accident. While it’s important to practice defensive driving skills to lower your risk of a crash, it’s also important to know what to do in the event of an accident. It’s always helpful to keep the number of a towing company in your phone’s contact list, just in case.

Rear-End Collisions

One of the most common types of car accidents is the rear-end collision. As the name suggests, it involves the front bumper of one car smashing into the rear bumper of the forward car. In nearly every case, these collisions are found to be the fault of the rear driver. The rear driver is often found to have been tailgating or using excessive speed. To reduce your risk of being rear ended, keep an eye on your rearview mirror. If you notice a persistent tailgater, look for a safe place to pull over and let them pass by.

T-Bone Collisions

T-bone collisions got their name from the shape the two vehicles make at the point of impact. One car strikes the second car in the side. Typically, T-bone collisions occur at intersections. They may happen if a negligent driver is trying to run a red light. To reduce your risk of being a victim of a T-bone collision, wait a few seconds before accelerating after a light turns green, and check for speeding cars in the cross street.

Fender Benders

Fender benders are minor, bumper-to-bumper collisions. They may occur if one driver has to suddenly brake to avoid a hazard. Although vehicles are typically drivable after a fender bender, it’s still worthwhile to get them checked out by a mechanic. There could be hidden damage or misaligned wheels.

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