Types of Car Accidents

If you’ve been involved in an accident, the last thing you want to think about is how your car was damaged. But if you have a claim, you need to understand what kind of damage your vehicle sustained to help your car accident attorney follow up on the claim. You also need to know the different types of accidents. 

Here’s some insight into some of the most common types of car accidents. 

Rear-End Collisions

If a car is rear-ended by another car, it’s possible for the rear tires to be damaged and for the rear bumper to be damaged as well. This type of collision is often caused by brake failure or defective lights on the other vehicle.

Head-On Collisions

In this type of accident, one car hits another at an angle and pushes them together. The result is usually damage to the front end of both vehicles, but sometimes only one vehicle will sustain damage. Head-on collisions are more likely to cause injuries than rear-end collisions because there’s more force involved.

Side-Impact Collisions

If you get into a side-impact accident with another vehicle (like when they hit their brakes too hard), it can cause significant damage to both vehicles’ sides as well as their bumpers.

Sideswipe Accidents

Sideswipe accidents occur when a vehicle nears another vehicle from the side. This can happen when another driver makes a left turn into the path of your vehicle, or when you make a left turn too quickly and cut off another car. In either case, you might find yourself involved in an accident with another car.

Single-vehicle Accidents

These types of accidents occur when just one vehicle is involved in an incident. They occur on narrow roads or highways due to poor visibility from oncoming traffic. Single-vehicle accidents often result in more severe injuries than those involving multiple vehicles because there are fewer people to help each other out if something goes wrong during the crash.

Multi-vehicle Accidents

Multi-vehicle accidents are usually caused by pileups or crashes involving multiple vehicles traveling along a highway at high speeds. In these types of crashes, it’s very common for someone to be ejected from their vehicle during impact with another vehicle or fixed object.

Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents are the most common type of car accident, with 54% of all drivers involved in a rollover accident. Rollovers happen when drivers are trying to get out of their car quickly, or when they’re reversing their car. In both cases, the driver doesn’t have enough time to react before their wheels leave the ground and flip them over. The majority of these accidents occur due to road conditions that aren’t up to par.

Blind Spot Accidents

Blind spot accidents are when drivers focus too much on something else in their periphery and end up hitting another vehicle or object because they weren’t paying attention (like a bike or pedestrian). This is also more common than you might think; one study found that almost 40% of drivers have experienced a blind spot accident at least once in their lifetime!


Accidents are inevitable occurrences that happen for various reasons. Some of the common types of accidents include blind spot, rollover, rear-end, head-on, multi-vehicle, single-vehicle, side swap, and side-impact accidents. Whichever accident you get into, contact your car accident attorney to assist you with the legal process.