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What Are the Most Dangerous Types of Car Accidents?

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Statistically, head-on collisions and rollovers are the most dangerous types of car accidents. According to and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollovers account for only 2.1% of accidents and nearly 35% of all passenger fatalities. Similarly, only about 2% of accidents are head-on collisions, but this type of crash makes up 10% of traffic deaths each year.

Understanding Rollovers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) uses the following classification of rollovers:

A crash is classified as a rollover if the vehicle tips onto its side or roof at any time during the crash.”

In 2018, a total of 6,583 passenger vehicle occupants died in rollover crashes, and rollovers accounted for 29% of all passenger fatalities.

Most of the time (72%), rollovers are associated with a pre-impact collision, but sometimes, rollovers happen without a previous crash. Some types of SUVs, pickups, and vans are more prone to rollover accidents, and vehicles with design defects may roll over far too easily. Speeding and other negligent driving behaviors also contribute to many rollover accidents.

Rollovers are so dangerous because passengers are frequently ejected from the vehicle or crushed. Fortunately, vehicle design is improving, and rollover crashes are steadily decreasing.

Why Are Head-On Collisions So Dangerous?

When 2 cars are traveling toward each other before a crash takes place, both drivers sustain increased force when the vehicles collide. A head-on collision at 25 mph, for example, is the equivalent of hitting a brick wall at 50 mph due to the speed and force of both vehicles.

Further, these accidents often occur when one vehicle leaves its lane and drives on the wrong side of the road. These kinds of accidents usually involve drugs and alcohol, distractions, speeding, or recklessness, as well.

Injured in a Rollover or Head-On Collision?

If you’ve been harmed in a rollover or head-on collision that wasn’t your fault, the Law Offices of Charles R. Gueli. Attorney Gueli has more than 2 decades of legal experience he can put on your side.

Our firm understands that these devastating accidents are often caused by the negligence of other drivers. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to getting you the justice and compensation you deserve.

For personalized advocacy after a rollover or head-on crash, please call us at (516) 628-6402 or contact us online.

We offer free consultations, 24/7, and you always work directly with your lawyer.

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