What are the most common types of car accidents and how do they happen? – Daily sundial
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The most recent NHTSA data shows more than 42,900 people died on US roads in 2021. The figure is the highest since 2005 and the largest year-over-year increase in fatalities since. that the NHTSA has started collecting data on road deaths.
There are many types of accidents, but statistics show that some are more common than others. Identifying the prevalence of different types of crashes and how they occur is the first step to ensuring safety on the road.
Below are the most common accidents and the circumstances in which they occur.
Corner collisions, also known as T-bone crashes, involve one vehicle hitting the other from the side. According 2020 NHTSA Data, T-bone collisions accounted for 23.6 percent of all accidents. Although it was the second most frequent accident, it caused a disproportionately high number of fatalities and injuries at 6,432 and 467,073, respectively.
T-crashes almost always occur at intersections when a vehicle does not yield the right of way or when a turning vehicle does not use the proper signals. Unfortunately, there is very little protection on the sides of a car, which means that the occupants of the vehicle bear the full brunt of the impact and therefore the high fatality rate in this type of accident.
Collisions with fixed objects
Collisions between two or more cars come to mind for many people at the mention of a car accident. Surprisingly, collisions with fixed objects are a common type of accident involving a vehicle hitting a fixed object such as utility poles, railings, trees, or any other object. ?
In 2020, this type of accident accounted for 17.5% of all accidents, making it the third leading cause of road accidents in America. Fatalities from this type of accident were 10,949, the highest of all accidents. Collisions with fixed objects can occur for many reasons, including speeding, distracted driving, or vehicle malfunction.
Rear-end collisions are accidents that occur when a the vehicle is hit from behind by a vehicle behind. According to the NHTSA, rear-end collisions accounted for 27.8% of all crashes in 2020. Common causes of rear-end crashes include tailgating (following too closely), stopping the car suddenly from head and aggressive driving. ?
The risk of having a rear-end accident increases with bad weather, such as during heavy rain or icy roads. To avoid causing a crash from behind, be sure not to follow too closely. Ideally, you should leave a following distance of two to three seconds between you and the car in front of you in normal conditions and up to six seconds in bad weather.
Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of accidents. While it accounted for 2.1 of all crashes, in 2020 it accounted for 10.2% of all fatalities. Frontal collisions occur when the bumpers of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions come into contact.
The reason for the high fatality rate for this type of accident is the force of the impact. For example, if two vehicles traveling at a speed of 60 mph collide head-on, the energy released on impact will be equal to that of a vehicle traveling at 120 mph.
Frontal collisions can occur for several reasonssuch as distracted driving, dangerous overtaking on single-lane roads and vehicle malfunctions.
Rollover accidents are the least common type of accident on their list. According to 2020 statistics, rollover accounted for 1.6% of all accidents. However, this type of accident has a relatively high fatality rate representing 7.1% of all accidents.
Often, rollover accidents happen on bends, especially when a vehicle is trying to navigate a corner at high speed, with bad weather being an aggravating factor. Rollovers can also result from collisions with T-bones.
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