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Common Collisions

Fender benders occur. And, as it turns out, many of them occur in the same manner. While taking precautions behind the wheel is always important, being aware of these common collisions may help you avoid them in the first place. So, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), here's a breakdown of four of the most common types of collisions.

Types of Collisions

According to the IIHS, front-impact collisions (when the front end of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or something on the side of the road, such as a tree or telephone pole) accounted for 57 percent of serious crashes in 2019. Front-impact crashes are often caused by slippery roads or other weather-related factors, so it’s important to adjust your driving to fit the conditions.

Side-impact collisions can take the form of a traditional "T-bone" or a sideswipe. The former is common at intersections, usually as a result of confusion over which vehicle has the right of way. Sideswipes are typically caused by a collision between two cars driving parallel in different lanes. According to the IIHS, side-impact crashes accounted for 23% of all serious crashes in 2019.

In heavy commuter traffic on highways and thoroughfares, motorists are prone to rear-end collisions. According to Rader, the most common causes are driving too fast or too aggressively, or failing to leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Check Yourself You were just in an accident. Assess your body and check for any injuries you might have acquired. If you are injured do not try and move, wait for emergency personnel.  Check on Others If you are uninjured, check the well-being of your passengers. If anyone needs urgent medical care paramedics should be dialed immediately.

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Article Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)


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