Is One Type of Car Accident More Dangerous Than Others?
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What Type of Car Accident is the Most Dangerous?

Last Updated: October 30th, 2019 at 06:09 pm
Read Time: 2 Minutes

It is rare for someone to anticipate an accident, but when you do, it’s very likely you’re not thinking about the type of car accident. The type of car accident you’re involved in can determine some of your likely injuries.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs crash tests on vehicles in order to determine the safety of each vehicle. The institute also collects data on passenger vehicle occupant fatalities based on crash types.

First, these are the different types of car accidents reported across the nation:

  • Rollover
  • Head-on
  • Read-end
  • T-bone/Side-impact

The list does not include accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. Florida is known for being one of the most dangerous states for both groups.

From these types of crashes, many car accident injuries can arise, including:

  • Head trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Damage to the spinal cord
  • Herniated/bulging disc
  • Sprains/strains
  • Contusions

Based on the data from the IIHS, frontal, or head-on, accidents accounted for 54% of all traffic deaths in 2015. Other types of accidents, mainly rollovers, accounted for 16% of fatalities, while side-impacts accounted for 25% of traffic fatalities. Rear-end accidents accounted for 5% of crash fatalities.

Based on traffic fatalities, head-on collisions can be considered the most dangerous. Based on injuries, though, rollover accidents may be considered more dangerous. An accident is considered a rollover if it tips onto its side or roof at any time during a crash. According to the IIHS, rollovers occur in only 2% of all crashes based on data they have collected since the institute’s conception, but account for one-third of fatalities. Because of its classification, rollovers can occur after a T-bone or head-on collision.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, based on rollover accidents in 2004, approximately 12% of passenger vehicle occupants suffered an incapacitating injury; another 46% suffered a less debilitating injury. Additionally, nearly 4% of occupants were ejected from vehicles during a rollover accident.

Any accident, even those at a slow rate of speed, can cause injuries. However, some of these types of accidents can be considered more dangerous and deadly.

If you are ever injured in a car wreck, contact a chiropractor at ChiroCare of Florida – you could be entitled to up to $10,000 in medical benefits. The law only gives accident victims 14 days to receive medical treatment and be eligible for these benefits. After an accident, don’t delay, contact a chiropractor immediately.

About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Sands
A licensed chiropractor since 1996, Dr. Andrew Sands has been freeing people from pain for over 20 years. Dr. Sands uses a “whole person approach” when treating his patients, combining the very best hands-on techniques with state-of-the-art physiotherapy procedures. Dr. Sands is passionate about helping patients accelerate and maintain their journey to good health.
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