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Common Types Of Car Crashes

Even though car accidents are an everyday occurrence, when it happens to you, the consequences can feel completely overwhelming. In our time as personal injury attorneys, we have seen — and represented victims of — every type of car accident there is. Below, we detail the most common, how they happen and the injuries they cause.

For a free consultation with a skilled and dedicated attorney, call 513-655-5089 or send us an email. Our personal injury attorneys represent accident victims in Cincinnati, Ohio, and throughout the Tri-State Area.

Rear-End Collisions

These crashes are among the most common. Rear-end collisions happen when the front of one car collides with the rear of the car in front of it. These collisions are common in high-traffic areas such as busy downtown streets and traffic-clogged freeways at rush hour.

Rear-end collisions may result from sudden, unexpected braking, a car following another car too closely, a car accelerating faster than the car in front of it, or a car backing up unexpectedly. The most common type of injury associated with rear-end collisions is whiplash.

Read more about neck injuries and shoulder pain resulting from car accidents.

Side-Impact Collisions

Commonly referred to as “T-bone collisions,” a side-impact crash happens when one car collides with the side of another vehicle, forming a “T” shape. These crashes are common at intersections and often result from drivers running red lights or stop signs. Side-impact collisions can also happen when a driver turning left at an intersection fails to yield to oncoming vehicles.

Injuries from these accidents can include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, whiplash and soft tissue injuries.


Sideswipe collisions happen when two cars traveling parallel to each other touch. These types of accidents are generally mild, though they can be quite serious, especially if the cars are traveling in opposite directions.

Sideswipes commonly occur when drivers are traveling on narrow lanes or when one driver is distracted. For example, if a driver takes his or her eyes off the road to change the radio station, the car may drift out of the lane and hit the side of another vehicle. These accidents may also occur if a driver fails to check his or her blind spots or does not signal when changing lanes.

Depending on the speed at which the cars are traveling, injuries can be severe. Victims can suffer:

• Traumatic brain injuries
• Crush injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Broken bones
• Nerve damage
• Back and neck injuries
• Internal injuries

Head-On Collisions

These crashes happen when the fronts of two vehicles collide with each other. Head-on collisions are often severe and lead to deadly injuries because both occupants are moving toward each other rather than one car hitting a stationary object.

The force may throw occupants from the vehicle or cause severe injuries such as brain trauma, spinal cord damage, crushing injuries, air bag injuries, seat belt injuries and whiplash.

The most common reasons for head-on collisions include one car crossing the center median or a car traveling the wrong way down a one-way road. Additional risks that contribute to these types of accidents include narrow lanes, a lack of medians or barriers between opposite directions of traffic and unexpected sharp curves in the road.


Another often-fatal type of car accident is a rollover. This happens when a car flips upside down during a crash. This can happen with any vehicle, but rollovers are particularly common with SUVs because they have such a high center of gravity.

Rollover accidents can happen if a car turns too sharply at a high speed or if a driver suddenly swerves to avoid an object.

For example, if a driver sees a deer in the middle of the road and swerves to miss it, he or she may inadvertently lose control of the car and cause it to roll. Like head-on collisions, rollovers can be fatal, and common injuries include spinal cord injuries, broken bones and brain trauma.

Most rollovers are single-car accidents, but that does not mean the driver was at fault. If another driver swerved into your lane or your accident resulted from a hazardous road condition, you might be entitled to compensation from another party.

What Can I Do If I Was Involved In A Car Accident?

If you were injured in a car accident, you should speak with a car accident lawyer to find out whether you are entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Levy Law Offices have been helping crash victims since 1993. We investigate every accident, obtain the police report and any witness testimony, protect clients from insurance companies and get our clients a fair settlement for their injuries.

Send us an email or call us today at 513-655-5089 to turn your crash into CASH! We offer a free initial consultation, and our lawyers are available 24/7 to answer your questions.