Types Of Car Accidents

When you are in a car accident, several components can affect what sorts of injuries you may sustain. Some aspects are obvious. Things like where you’re sitting, how fast the car was moving, and if you’re wearing a seatbelt all play a big part in the outcome. Incorrectly wearing a seatbelt can have a very negative impact. Another factor is the safety features in your specific vehicle.

Something that people don’t think about as often, though, is how different types of car accidents might result in different types of injuries. Treatment and care for a car accident can vary widely, depending on the type of injuries you sustain. Experienced attorneys will understand the implications and potential damages and compensation you may deserve as a result of your accident.

What Are The Different Areas Of Impact?

Where a vehicle comes into contact with another object dictates where the brunt of the force will be delivered. Impact also determines how the occupants of the car will be thrown about. The energy of an accident shakes the people inside, often severely injuring the occupants. There are four main types of impact when considering car accidents. Let’s take a quick look at what they are.

Front Impact

A front impact collision is sometimes called a head-on collision. These types of car accidents can be very deadly. When a car crashes into something headfirst, people often slam into the steering wheel or front panel and experience chest and lower limb injuries like broken ribs or crushed legs. Lower extremities may absorb the full force of the crash. Drivers may suffer ligament damage, such as an ACL tear. The sudden impact could result in the driver’s head hitting the steering wheel. This sort of force might cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), impacting cognitive abilities. Other symptoms of concussions include nausea, headaches, and dizziness.

Rollover Accidents

A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle tips over onto its side or its roof. Often, they involve a loss of control and result from “tripping” where the car’s tires hit something in the road that forces it to roll over. Rollover accidents result in people being jostled about as if they’re being shaken in a snow globe. These crashes are typically accompanied by head and chest injuries. The force of the impact can also cause significant back injuries, such as spinal cord damage. It’s not uncommon for lacerations to also be among the injuries due to shattered glass.

Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end accidents are often considered the most minor accidents. However, they can still result in serious injuries. These crashes jolt you forward and are notorious for neck and back injuries like whiplash. Your body braces for the impact and attempts to protect itself. However, it still moves back and forth quickly on impact, and the motion may disrupt the natural curve of your spine as your body tries to ensure its safety. One of the best protective elements in a rear-end accident is a headrest because it stops the skull from jostling back and forth as much.


A side-swipe accident might be as simple as someone’s bumper hitting your passenger door in an almost adjacent manner. A more severe side-swipe accident, though is more commonly called a T-bone, where the oncoming vehicle intersects with another vehicle and forms the shape of a T (hence the name). This sort of accident can be among the most serious; car doors are not as thick as a trunk or an engine, and so without side airbags, damage can be very severe. Often, the individual on the side that is struck will sustain the most damage. Side-impact accidents often happen as a result of driver negligence.

Car Accident Injuries and the Best Lawyers

If your seatbelt is too high and rests around your stomach, you could sustain injuries to your inner organs in an accident! During a traumatic event like a car crash, your brain can experience fight or flight mode and focus on surviving versus storing memories. This may lead to fuzzy memories of horrific car accidents and what happened after or to the opposite, and severe PTSD as well as flashbacks of a crash for years after it occurred. If a car accident is especially catastrophic, like a rollover accident, the impact on your life could be monumental. Even though money cannot take away the car accident, an experienced auto accident lawyer can ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has experienced a car accident, our team at Howe & Associates wants to help you during this difficult time. For more than 30 years, we’ve been serving the people of Georgia and assisting them with their personal injury claims. We have won millions of dollars for our clients. Contact us online today for a FREE consultation or call us at 770-529-4357.