Types of Car Accidents

There are nearly 240,000 miles of roads throughout New York.

Moreover, there’s about one crash every two minutes throughout the state.

For those of us who drive the highways and streets in and around Yonkers, the Bronx and Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Ulster Counties, among the busiest and most congested in the US, this statistic comes as no surprise.

Any accident has the potential to injure drivers and passengers, even at relatively low to moderate speeds.

And every type of Yonkers car accident brings with it a specific danger about which all New York drivers should be aware:

Sideswipe collisions

Sideswipe is defined as “to strike a glancing blow along the side.”

The most common type of sideswipe happens when two vehicles are traveling parallel to each other and one car pulls out (while attempting to change lanes, for instance), swiping the car next to it.

In this case, if neither driver loses control, the damage to the vehicle is usually relatively minor. If either driver loses control, it may result in serious injury.

Rear-end collisions

Rear-end collisions account for nearly half of all accidents between two vehicles, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

While many of these fall into the “fender-bender” category in which there are no significant injuries, that same report states that as many as 1,700 people a year are killed in the US in rear-end accidents.

Tailgating, speeding, faulty or failing brakes and distracted driving are among the causes of rear-end collisions.

Side-impact collisions

Often called T-bone or broadside collisions, this type of accident is one in which one vehicle strikes another at an angle other than from the front or the rear.

They occur when cars are traveling perpendicular to one another.

The two most common places for side-impact collisions are parking lots, when a car is backing out, and intersections, where one car may have run a red light or a stop sign or otherwise failed to yield. Size, speed, vehicle safety features and point of impact all play into the extent of vehicle damage and severity of injuries.

Of the 6,122 “angle” collisions reported in 2016, 17.8 percent were fatal.

Rollover accidents

While one study cites that rollovers account for only 2.1 percent of all accidents involving automobiles, SUVs and pick-up trucks, rollovers account for 35 percent of all fatalities.

SUVs, vans and similar vehicles with a high center of gravity are at risk for rollovers, but passenger cars are not immune.

Rollovers can result from a “tripped rollover,” which occurs when a vehicle slides sideways and plows into soft soil or a snowbank, rolls down a steep slope or hits a guardrail.

Head-on collisions

While only 2 percent of all vehicular accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S.

They are also often a leading cause of some of the most severe injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal injuries and paralysis.

The physics of a head-on collision state that a vehicle will exert many times its own weight when it meets another oncoming vehicle—which is why even if one was to survive one of these accidents, the injuries would be of the most severe types, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal injuries or paralysis.

The main causes of head-on collisions include drunk or impaired driving, improper passing, fatigue or falling asleep behind the wheel, going the wrong way (such as on a one-way street) and distracted driving.

Single car accidents

When only one automobile is involved in a crash, it is a single car accident.

Commonly, these accidents happen when a vehicle runs off the road, is hit by falling rocks, runs over or tries to avoid debris in the road.

In our area, deer running into the road are a constant threat and a major cause of single car accidents. Weather—especially heavy rain, fog, ice and snow—can create dangerous conditions.

Other causes: vehicle defects or poor vehicle maintenance and reaction to the move of another vehicle, causing you to swerve.

Multi-vehicle pile-ups

Some of the most dramatic multi-vehicle pile-ups involve dozens, or even more than 100, vehicles.

In fact, the world’s largest pile-up happened in 2011 when more than 300 vehicles were involved in a multi-car accident in Brazil.

Closer to home and more recently, 21 vehicles crashed near Buffalo in January 2018, with a total of at least 75 vehicles involved in the accident.

A common reason for these massive accidents is weather, including blizzards, downpours, ice and dense fog, as well as glare, which affects visibility.

Heavy traffic, high speed, and driving too close also contribute to multi-vehicle pile-ups.

No matter what type of Yonkers car accident, we advocate for you

If you have been injured in a Yonkers car accident because of someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, you should be compensated for your medical expenses, loss of wages, property damage and more.

We make sure that you are.

To learn more about how we can help, please contact us or call our office at (914) 968-5800 to schedule a free consultation.