These are the most frequent type of car accident. They are somewhat less likely than other types of crashes to cause fatalities. They can often cause neck and back injuries, which can be serious and occasionally fatal. In a rear impact, the lower neck vertebrae are hyperextended, while the upper neck vertebrae are hyperflexed. This is commonly known as whiplash and can result in sprains, strains, and herniated discs when a car is hit hard from the rear.
Rear impact accidents are generally caused by tailgating, when one car drives too close to the car in front of it, or when a driver is not paying attention to the road ahead doesn’t brake when traffic stops. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 29.6 percent of car accidents in the U.S. are rear-end crashes.
A rollover accident is when a car flips onto its roof. This is an extremely deadly type of accident, especially when the occupants of the vehicle are not wearing seatbelts and are ejected as the car rolls. Older model sport utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, and vans are particularly prone to rolling over because of their high center of gravity, which causes them to be unstable, especially when taking curves at high speeds. Rollovers constitute only 2.3 percent of the nation’s accidents, but they often result in fatalities.
Getting Help After a Car Crash
When you’ve been involved in any kind of a car crash that was caused by another party, you are entitled to make a claim for monetary compensation for your damages. The personal injury attorneys at Wettermark Keith have a long history of success in bringing in high-value damage awards, with a 95 percent win rate and more than $750 million obtained for clients since 2003. Call us today to schedule a free review of your case.