Car accidents are all serious. When you take two or more large machines that weigh over a ton and crash them at even low speeds, the damage can be incredible. However, there are certain types of car accidents that tend to do the most damage in terms of human life and limb. If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle crash in the Kansas City area, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Trust the talented team at the Krause & Kinsman Law Firm to help you resolve your auto accident claim.
According to data collected by the Insurance Information Institute, here are some of the most serious types of accidents we see.
Frontal Impact (Head On Crash)
Head-on crashes are 54 percent of all fatal car crashes. Many of these happen when an oncoming driver crosses the center line or begins driving the wrong way on the highway. These are often high-speed accidents, and alcohol and drugs are typically a significant factor. Driver fatigue (falling asleep at the wheel) also plays a role in a considerable number of these types of accidents.
Another 16 percent of fatal accidents are due to rollover accidents. This happens when one of the vehicles tips over or rolls over onto its side or roof. The most severe are those involving a full rollover, because the weight of a heavy vehicle can crush the side panels and frame, leaving a passenger trapped and crushed under the weight of the metal. Likewise, it can take a long time to extricate a person from this type of crash. The longer a person is trapped, the higher the chance of serious injury or death, due to delayed medical treatment.
Side Impact (T-Bone)
As many as 25 percent of all fatalities are so-called “T-Bone” collisions. These just about always happen at intersections, when one party runs a traffic light, striking the other vehicle directly to the side, where there is less protection for occupants.
Finally, about five percent of all fatalities are caused by rear-end collisions, often with alcohol or drugs playing a substantial role.
Other Reasons for Fatalities
Keep in mind that these figures only consider vehicle-on-vehicle crashes – ones where only passenger vehicles are involved. Motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, and semi-truck crashes are all a different category of highway crashes, and each has a significant impact on overall fatality figures nationwide.
Common Car Wreck Injuries
Every single crash is unique, and as experienced auto accident lawyers, we know how to carefully review each set of facts to determine the best approach for getting compensation for victims. However, there are some common injuries that we see more often than others. These are:
- Head injuries (concussion, traumatic brain injury, etc.)
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Whiplash (soft-tissue neck injuries)
- Herniated / bulging discs
- Contusions (bruises)
- Dizziness (vertigo)
Get Help Now!
The longer you wait to speak with an attorney, the harder it can be to protect your rights. Plus, there are strict time limits on filing a lawsuit against the party who is responsible for your injuries. If you miss the deadline, your rights will be forever barred. Don’t wait too long and forfeit your rights. Call the Krause & Kinsman Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.
Adam Krause is a personal injury, mass tort, business litigation, and employment discrimination attorney who practices in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and has been practicing law for several years now. Adam Krause has made a career of taking complicated litigation and presenting it in the most elementary terms for a jury of your peers to understand. Learn more about his experience here.