Common types of motor vehicle crashes

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Motor vehicle crashes, frequent on roads everywhere, occur in different ways. Each of these prevents unique dangers and challenges.

Understanding the common types of vehicle crashes is important for drivers who want to avoid collisions and victims of collisions who need to build a strong case against parties at-fault for their harm.

T-bone collisions

T-bone collisions occur when the front of one vehicle collides with the side of another, forming a “T” shape at the point of impact. These are common at intersections and often result from one vehicle failing to yield the right of way, running a red light or making an improper turn.

Rear-end crashes

Rear-end crashes happen when one vehicle collides with the back of another. These are among the most common types of vehicle accidents and often occur due to tailgating, sudden stops, distracted driving or slippery road conditions.

Head-on collisions

Head-on collisions involve the front ends of two vehicles hitting each other. These crashes are often severe and can occur when a driver crosses into oncoming traffic, possibly due to impairment, fatigue or distraction. Head-on collisions are among the deadliest types of crashes due to the likelihood of a high-speed impact and direct force against occupants.

Sideswipe collisions

Sideswipe collisions occur when the sides of two parallel vehicles touch and scrape against each other. These wrecks often happen when a driver changes lanes without checking for other vehicles or if a driver fails to maintain a proper lane.


Rollover accidents involve a vehicle flipping over onto its side or roof. These are often caused by sharp turns at high speeds, collisions with other vehicles or objects, or tripping over a curb or soft shoulder. Rollovers are particularly dangerous due to the potential for occupants to be ejected or the vehicle to be crushed.

Any motor vehicle crash can lead to serious injuries, some of which can have catastrophic results. Seeking medical care is critical after these injuries, but that care may be expensive. Filing a personal injury lawsuit to help recover the costs of the injuries is possible when another party is to blame. Connecticut law limits the time to get the claim filed, so taking swift action to seek legal guidance is usually wise.