Car accidents affect the lives of residents of Florida on a daily basis. While they are caused by different factors, there are different types of collisions. These are some of the most common.
Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of road accidents and are often fatal. It occurs when a vehicle travels down the wrong way on a road into oncoming traffic. Often, this happens if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, falls asleep at the wheel, has a medical emergency or is distracted. These situations all cause drivers to lose focus and control of their driving.
Rear-end collisions are very common and are self-explanatory. Often, they occur when the front vehicle stops suddenly and the driver directly behind them doesn’t have enough time to react to stop. Rear-end accidents frequently occur because the following driver is traveling too closely behind the one in front or they are distracted. In rarer cases, the driver in the vehicle in front is to blame. For example, if they abruptly stop or slow down for no apparent reason, it could make it easier for such an accident to occur.
A T-bone collision is also known as a side-impact accident. These are common types of crashes that can leave the person on the side with the impact seriously injured. This is because the sides of vehicles lack the ability to absorb most of the crash compared with the front or rear. These accidents usually occur because one driver fails to yield the right of way. For example, one vehicle is traveling forward and another is making a turn at the same time. The one traveling straight always has the right of way. Reckless driving and speeding often cause T-bone collisions.
You can’t always predict or prevent car accidents from happening, but defensive driving might keep you more alert and safe.