Common Types Of Car Accidents – Your Ultimate Guide

There’s no denying that car crashes and accidents are a common occurrence in the modern world, but fortunately, the vast majority of them aren’t fatal. Yet despite this fact, it’s well worth taking a closer look at the most common types of car accident that do occur, so with this in mind, let’s explore the topic in further detail.

Accident 1 – cross traffic accidents

This type of accident is commonly known as a T-bone, and it most often happens when a driver either misses a stop sign, fails to take an appropriate turn, or perhaps runs a red light.

Interestingly, these accidents are perhaps one of the most avoidable, as they usually occur due to driver negligence. The smartest way to avoid this kind of accident is to pay attention whenever you’re driving around intersections and look for signs that other drivers may not be paying as much attention as they should.

Accident 2 – low-speed collisions

If you have ever experienced a fender bender, or perhaps a parking lot collision, then you have definitely experienced something known as the ‘low-speed impact’ accident which is certainly a very common occurrence in cities and towns around the globe.

In many cases, these accidents occur when one driver is reversing without checking their surrounding environment carefully enough, so avoiding this accident often comes down to paying better attention to what other drivers may be doing around you.

Accident 3 – rear-end collisions

Whenever a driver is following another car too closely, the risk of a rear-end collision is always present. This type of accident is often caused by a behavior known as tailgating, and while the accidents caused by this bad driving behavior aren’t usually life-threatening, they can often cause larger accidents, particularly if it happens on busy roads which feature a high volume of traffic.

Accident 4 – hydroplaning

Here’s an accident that tends to be rare, but it is nonetheless very surprising if it happens to you and often catches a driver unawares.

The term hydroplaning simply refers to what happens when you drive through standing water and your tire tread cannot channel away the water quickly enough to maintain firm traction to the road.

The vast majority of these accidents occur due to a driver speeding or accelerating too quickly through standing water, so it’s always something to pay particular vigilance to when you’re driving in poor weather conditions.

Accidents 5 – clipping

Here’s a particularly high-risk form of accident that can often occur on busy roads, but they can equally happen whenever cars are merging into the same lane.

The accident can either refer to a gentle clip of another car, all the way up to a full sideswipe collision that often occurs when a driver can’t fully see their blind spot, especially while they are swapping lanes.

In some cases, these accidents don’t cause too many problems, but at high speed, they can even be fatal.


Overall, it’s safe to say that there is a wide range of different accidents that can occur when anyone is driving a car, and even though the majority aren’t necessarily going to cause physical injury, many of them can still result in personal injury and insurance claims as a minimum.

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