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Three types of road traffic accidents

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Car accidents happen when a vehicle collides with another vehicle or object. People who crash their car rarely mean to crash it, but it is usually caused by a bad decision. There are many different reasons why people crash their cars, such as speeding, distracted driving, driving when tired, drunk driving, and reckless driving. In this blog, we will discuss the common types of road accidents.

Rear end shunt

A rear-end shunt occurs when one driver runs into the back of another driver’s vehicle. This can cause significant damage to both vehicles and different injuries to the drivers and passengers. If a row of traffic is involved in a collision, multiple rear-end shunts can occur. Common types of injuries you can receive in a rear-end shunt are those to your neck, shoulders, and spine.

There is a presumption that it is always the fault of the vehicle behind when a rear-end shunt occurs, but this isn’t always the case. It is vital to obtain independent evidence to help prove you are not at fault when a rear-end shunt happens.

Side-Impact Collision

This type of collision occurs when two vehicles collide into each other, both on the sides of the cars. It can also be when a car collides into the side of another car (on the roads, motorways, at a junction, or in a car park).

Distractions (such as using a mobile phone), speeding, and a failure to yield to oncoming traffic are common causes of why this type of accident happens. Common injuries that occur with sideswipe wrecks include concussions, fractures, whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, bruises, cuts, and spinal cord injuries.

Woman calling accident management company after being in a car accident

Head-on collisions

This type of collision occurs when a vehicle crosses into oncoming traffic and strikes another vehicle head-on. Head-on collisions are one of the most severe types of car accidents because the energy of the crash will be doubled due to the travelling speed of both vehicles. For example, if both cars are travelling at 40 mph, when they crash, the combined effect for each of them will be like them hitting a solid wall at 80mph. This means that if you see a vehicle coming straight toward you, you should do anything to avoid the collision. Head-on collisions can be caused by driving on the wrong side of the road, drunk or distracted driving, and brake failure.

Road accidents can cause serious injury and can even be life-threatening so you must try to avoid them at all costs. This means eliminating distractions while driving, such as not using a mobile phone, only driving when sober and checking your car regularly for any faults. However, as an accident management company Manchester, we are aware that accidents still happen. If you have recently been in a car accident and would like to hear more about our accident management services, please contact us today.

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