Timothy O. McCalep

The type of car crash matters if you seek compensation

Car crashes arise from a variety of circumstances. The situations surrounding the accident must be considered if you are going to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered. The type of accident can also impact what type of injuries you suffer.

There are some accidents that are more common than others. Just because they are common doesn't mean that they are always the same. Here are some points to keep in mind about common car accident types:


A multi-vehicle accident is one that often takes time to work through to determine who is liable for the accident. Investigators will usually take on this task to make a determination of which cause caused the crash. In some cases, a multi-vehicle crash might actually be multiple crashes that are independent of the others but could be tied in with each other. Because so many vehicles are involved, there is a chance that vehicles will be struck more than once and from more than one angle.


A head-on crash is often devastating, especially at higher speeds. These involve two cars moving toward each other cause the force of the crash to be greater than what it is when the cars are moving in the same direction. The higher the speeds, the more likely the accident will result in a death. When a death doesn't occur, injuries that are catastrophic might be the result. These include brain and spinal cord injuries that can leave the victim permanently disabled.


A t-bone accident occurs when a vehicle's front end hits the side of another vehicle. These accidents are especially dangerous for the occupant who is sitting at the point of impact. They occur mostly at intersections and are likely the result of one driver not paying attention or not giving the right of way to the other car when necessary.

Low speed

Low speed accidents often aren't associated with the serious injuries or death that are present with other crashes. This doesn't mean that it isn't possible to suffer an injury in these accidents. In fact, if the accident is a rear-end collision, which is usually a low-speed crash, can lead whiplash and similar soft tissue issues. Even though these aren't thought of as serious, they can have a negative impact on the victim's ability to live life.

The one thing in common that all of these have is that an innocent party is left to try to pick up the pieces. This individual might choose to hold the driver who caused the accident accountable for their actions.

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