Motor vehicle collisions can occur on highways, city streets and county roads. Depending on numerous factors, these crashes can leave vehicle occupants struggling with broken bones, head trauma, paralysis or amputation. The type of collision itself can lead to different types of catastrophic injuries. What are the most common types of collisions Alabama drivers might face?

While every accident is unique, vehicle crashes typically fall into one of four categories.

  • Front-impact collisions: These usually occur when one car drifts into an oncoming car’s lane. This can happen due to distracted driving, drunk driving or lack of attention. The combined force of two vehicles can lead to devastating injuries and, often, fatalities.
  • Side-impact collisions: Individuals know these accidents by many names including side-impact, T-bone or broadside. These collisions generally occur in intersections as one car fails to stop or doesn’t see another car before entering the road.
  • Rear-end collisions: In what is likely the most common type of collision, a rear-end accident generally means one driver wasn’t paying attention to the road and failed to stop in time to prevent an accident.
  • Rollover accidents: These accidents are generally single car accidents but can be caused by numerous factors from defective car parts to swerving to avoid a reckless driver,

Collisions can commonly result in various types of injuries. For example, a rear-end collision might cause the vehicle occupants in the lead car to suffer soft tissue injuries such as “whiplash” or other forms of cervical sprains. This is caused by the sudden jolting motion of the neck and head as the car rocks violently forward and backward.

No matter the cause of the accident or the type of injury, it is wise to explore your options for medical treatment and monetary compensation.