While all car accidents pose the risk of injury, some are statistically more dangerous than others. Unfortunately, it’s estimated that there are half a million car accidents in Texas each year, so understanding which ones pose the highest risk of injury is vital to do what you can to drive safely. However, others may not take the same precautions. If you’re injured by another driver, ensuring you contact a Houston Car accident lawyer is vital to ensure you receive the justice you deserve for the injuries that you’ve sustained.
What Are the Different Kinds of Car Accidents?
By far, the most dangerous kind of accident is off-road collisions. As the name suggests, these accidents occur off the roadway and often cars collide with stationary objects on the side of the road. For example, colliding with trees, telephone poles, or landing in an embankment, can cause severe injuries for those involved. While many of these are caused by driver error, someone swerving to avoid a drunk driver or being hit by another car and pushed off the road can suffer injuries in this accident.
The next most dangerous accidents are side-impact and head-on collisions. Side impact, also called t-boning, occurs when the front end of one car contacts the side of another. Unfortunately, due to the lack of space between the side of a vehicle and the passengers, this accident can be extremely risky. While head-on-collisions are slightly less fatal due to the front ends of the cars absorbing a lot of the damage, they can still be fatal due to the speed at which both drivers are driving before colliding.
Some of the least dangerous accidents are rear-end collisions, as there is a significant amount of vehicle between the driver and the bumper of the car. However, these injuries can still cause severe injuries and fatalities, despite being one of the less dangerous kinds of crashes.
It’s important to remember that many different factors impact how dangerous an accident can be. The model of the car, the speed at which the vehicles were traveling, if the passengers were wearing seatbelts, and other elements can impact how dangerous an accident is.
What Should I Do if I’m Injured in an Accident?
If injured in a car accident, the first thing you should do is prioritize your safety. Call emergency services and request immediate medical attention for any severe injuries. If you do not need emergency medical treatment, you should still visit your doctor to ensure there are no hidden issues like a concussion or whiplash.
Once you are safe, you’ll want to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Not only does this help ensure that you can hold the negligent party responsible for the damages they’ve caused, but you may also be eligible for financial compensation.
At the Gonzalez Law Group, we understand how devastating car accidents can be for those involved. Contact our law offices today to connect with a competent lawyer who can help represent you and ensure you get the justice you deserve.