Car accidents affect many Tennessee residents when they least expect it. Certain types commonly result in fatalities.
Head-on collisions are the most deadly type of car accident and account for 54% of all fatal crashes. Drivers at fault for these accidents are often under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted or drowsy. They also usually cross over into traffic that’s traveling in the opposite direction such as when crossing over the center line.
T-bone car accidents account for around 25% of all fatal vehicle accidents. They usually occur at intersections when one driver disregards a red light or the right of way of another vehicle. This type of accident is called “T-bone” because one car strikes another from the side, putting a driver or pedestrian in serious harm.
Around 16% of all fatal car accidents are due to rollovers. A rollover means that the vehicle turns over onto its side or even its roof. A full rollover is the most serious of this type of accident due to the impact the occupant can suffer. The person can be trapped inside the car, which puts them at an even greater risk of catastrophic injuries or death.
Rear-end collisions make up about 5% of all car accident fatalities. These accidents often occur when a driver is traveling too fast to safely stop in time or when they’re distracted. Sometimes, they happen when the driver is intoxicated. The rear driver hits the vehicle directly in front from the back. In some cases, if the impact is strong enough, it can cause the vehicle that’s hit from the rear to hit the rear of the vehicle in front of it as well.
Injuries from car accidents can be serious or even fatal. If you or a loved one suffered, holding the at-fault driver liable is important.