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Distracted driving accident types you can’t afford to ignore

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2023 | car accidents |

Distracted driving on Michigan roads is dangerous and can lead to serious car accidents. The following are the three types of accidents commonly caused by distracted driving.

Rear-end collisions

In a rear-end collision, the vehicle collides with the car in front of it. The majority of vehicle collisions are rear-end accidents, representing close to one-third of the accidents in the United States. Distracted driving is a significant cause of rear-end crashes and can cause serious health consequences, including spinal injuries, whiplash, facial lacerations, and injuries to the ankle and knees.

Side-impact collisions

These are more commonly referred to as T-bone collisions. Frequently seen at intersections, these types of motor vehicle accidents are where one vehicle collides perpendicularly with another car. This can happen when a driver runs a red light, fails to yield when they turn or engages in some other dangerous activity because they are not paying attention. Side impact accidents can lead to injuries, including:

  • Whiplash
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Abdominal injuries

Head-on collisions

Head-on collisions are where two vehicles collide headlong into each other, or one vehicle crashes headlong into a solid object. Head-on collisions produce a sheer force that is very dangerous. Similar to other accident categories, head-on collisions are often caused by distracted driving and can lead to injuries like those found with side-impact and rear-end collisions. Head-on collisions can produce some of the most severe injury types depending on the speeds involved.

Being the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver can negatively change a person’s life. It is vital to seek assistance from medical and legal personnel in the aftermath of these accidents to ensure you get the help you need.


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