Top 5 Most Dangerous Car Accidents
No two car accidents are the same, but some are more deadly than others. Some factors determine the severity of a car accident. The speed of the impact is one of the main factors. Another factor is the make and models of the vehicles involved. Also, whether or not the passengers were wearing seat belts. All of these factors contribute to the severity of car accidents.
Understanding what accidents are the most dangerous can help you adjust your driving habits to protect yourself in the future. Here is a list of the top 5 most dangerous car accidents.
5. Rear-end Accident
Rear-end accidents may not seem dangerous, but they are among the most dangerous. Even rear-end fender benders can cause long term damage to the neck and spine. This is because rear-ended accidents cause whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. The best way to avoid a rear-end accident is to be aware of what is going on behind your vehicle and mindful of your surroundings. Make sure your rearview mirrors are unobstructed and in the proper position so that you may pull out of the way in case a car behind you doesn’t stop in time.
4. Head-on Car Accident
The next most dangerous type of accident is a head-on accident. A head-on accident can result in severe injuries and even death. A head-on collision is when the front end of two cars come into contact. This type of accident is extremely hazardous because the force of impact is doubled due to each vehicle’s traveling speed. If each car is traveling at 35 mph, then the impact force will be at 70 mph. Head-on collisions are so deadly that they count for over 10% of all automobile fatalities. It is crucial to keep your focus on the road while driving, do not distract yourself by using your phone. Obey all traffic laws. Do not drive if you are intoxicated. In poor weather conditions, drive at a slower speed and use adequate lighting. The best way to avoid serious injury is always to wear your seat belt and to make sure there are no recalls on your airbags.
3. Rollover Accident
Rollover accident consists of collisions where the vehicle involved is flipped upsidedown. Rollovers are common and catastrophic. Approximately 11% of all automobile fatalities are due to rollover accidents. SUVs, trucks, and top-heavy trucks are more likely to roll over during an accident.
Unfortunately, there are not many safety measures that protect people during a rollover accident. The occupants of the vehicle are usually tossed in multiple directions and often thrown out of the vehicle. It is crucial to keep your focus on the road while driving. Do not distract yourself by using your phone or by focusing your attention on something else in the vehicle. Drive at a safe speed limit and slow down on curves and turns.
2. Side Impact Accident
Side impact collisions are referred to as T-Bone or sideswiped. This type of car accident are when the front of one vehicle comes into contact with another vehicle’s side. The sides of a vehicle don’t provide much protection during an accident. Side impact accidents are among the most dangerous; they make up about 21% of automobile-related fatalities. Common causes for this type off accidents are:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Being drunk or on drugs
- Being distracted
- Driving in a reckless or an aggressive manner
- Driving in poor weather conditions
In recent years, more car manufacturers have started installing side airbags into doors and windows to make cars safer during side impacts.
1. Off-The-Road Accident
Off-road accidents are some of the most deadly types of accidents. Off-road accidents consist of drivers veering off the roadway and crashing into an inanimate object. These accidents are easily the most fatal, making up about 32% of all deadly car accidents. Some common causes of these types of accidents are:
- Loss of control due to excessive or inappropriate speed
- Distracted driving
- Misjudging a curve
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Drunk driving
- Attempting to avoid colliding with another road user or an animal.
The best way to prevent being in an off-the-road accident is to be alert of your surroundings, never drink and drive, and stop driving if you feel tired.
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