All automobile accidents can cause significant physical harm and property damage. In fact, collisions that occur at low speeds are the top cause of whiplash. Certain events, however, have a much higher likelihood of resulting in fatalities. This is especially true when cars are traveling fast. Understanding which types of accidents have proven to be the most lethal is vital for choosing the safest car models and automotive features. It’s also important for making the right evasive, emergency maneuvers when problems occur. Following are the three most lethal types of car crashes.
While low-speed accidents frequently result in extreme joint dysfunction like whiplash, accidents that occur at fast speeds are often deadly. This is especially true of head-on collisions. The speeds of two vehicles that collide head-on are combined. This means that if both cars are traveling at 50 miles per hour, the impact will reflect a relative speed of 100 miles per hour. The effects of such an event are far worse than if a car traveling at 50 miles per hour barrels into a stationary object. Despite this fact, however, head-on collisions with stationary objects can also be deadly. These objects do not move, they have no give and thus, they do not absorb much of the energy from the crash. Instead, near all the energy is absorbed by the colliding vehicle.
Side Impact Collisions
Also, known as T-bone collisions, side impact events damage cars at their weakest structural spots. Vehicles are designed with considerable crumple zones at both the front and rear that are intended to minimize the stress and danger of collisions when cars are struck from behind or at the front. Side doors, however, serve as very flimsy barriers. The provide little protection from the colliding vehicle from those who are sitting on the impact side. These accidents commonly occur at intersections when drivers run red lights. Given the potentially devastating effects of T-bone collisions and the high likelihood of driver negligence, it is important for accident victims or their loved ones to reach out to reputable personal injury or wrongful death attorneys such as those at David Saperstein and Salomon. Side Impact collisions can result in death, severe disability and even disfiguring injuries among other things.
Rollover accidents subject those within the vehicle to violent, jarring, rollover motions until the automobile finally comes to a stop. Even though people are often kept securely within cars by their seat belt restraints, these safety features do not immobilize or protect the upper torso. The upper torso is instead subjected to harsh, recurring, sideways motions. It is also important to note that the force exerted by seat belt restraints can additionally cause significant damage to the internal organs. Those who are not securely belted in can be ejected from the vehicle and may be at risk of getting hit by other cars. Due to this fact, when people are ejected during rollover events, they have the lowest likelihood of survival. Another dangerous development that can occur during a rollover collision is the collapse of the vehicle roof.