The Top 5 Most Dangerous Car Collisions in Maryland
Rear-End Collisions – One of the most common forms of auto accidents is the rear end crash. This type of collision occurs when one driver hits another driver in the back of their vehicle. These crashes are commonly caused when a motorist suddenly stops or slows down. The abrupt stop may not be noticed by the drivers behind the initial motorist. Although most rear-end crashes are not at high speed, these collisions are still very dangerous. At high speeds, rear end collisions are catastrophic and even fatal. Generally, the driver who hits the rear end of the other driver is at fault for the accident.
Side-Swipe Collisions – A side swipe crash is a collision between two vehicles that are traveling in the same direction where one side of a vehicle impacts the side of another vehicle. You see this type of collision occur when one vehicle attempts to merge into another lane when it is unsafe to do so. Depending on the spot of impact, the damage and injury can be minimal. However, the danger arises not because of the initial impact but the shock to the impacted driver. A surprised driver can swerve and hit other vehicles or objects on or near the road. The initial side swipe can spiral into a much more dangerous accident. Eye-witness testimony is crucial to the determination of liability because of the spectrum of damage that can occur aside from the initial impact of the collision is broad.
Side-Impact Crash – A side impact car accident is also known as a T-Bone crash. This collision involves one side of a vehicle crashing into the front or rear of another vehicle. Unlike a head-on collision or a rear-end collision, the driver or passenger being hit only has a few inches of protection. There is no engine or other metals to absorb the impact of the crash. The nature of these crashes makes them life-threatening despite the speed which the initial vehicle is traveling. Side-impact collisions typically occur as a result of the failure to yield or obey a traffic signal.
Head-On Collisions – A head-on collision is a traffic crash where the front ends of two cars hit each other when travelling in opposite directions. These collisions are often fatal. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety determined in 2017 that there was a 58% fatality rate for the occupants of a vehicle involved in a head on collision. These crashes tend to force the vehicles out of their normal path therefore; determining liability is not always simple. Secondly, the state of Maryland is one of the few states that operates under a Pure Contributory Negligence Theory. This means that no damages can be recovered if you shared any fault in the accident. This theory makes the need for an experience Maryland Accident Attorney extremely important. These accidents are usually caused by distracted driving but mechanical failures have also been known to play a part.
Rollover – A collision that causes a rollover is one where the vehicle tips over either on its side or on the roof. Rollovers are the most dangerous vehicle collision than any other collision. Rollovers have higher death rates than other car crashes. In 2010, there were 9.1 million car crashes with 2.1% of those collisions involving a rollover. Despite this low number, rollovers accounted for nearly 35% of all vehicle deaths in that year. Distracted driving tends to be a cause of rollovers. Additionally, some of the collisions listed above can end in a rollover.
If you have been involved in any of the above collisions, you need a team that is knowledgeable with these types of cases. The family at Foran & Foran P.A. has much experience taking on various personal injury cases. Please contact us today to discuss your vehicle collision as part of a free consultation. Call us at (301) 441-2022. Or contact us online. Let Our Family Help Your Family! We look forward to hearing from you.