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Different types of car accidents

Many different factors can lead to car accidents in Louisiana. Some collisions are minor and only require car repairs while others are far more devastating and result in permanent injuries. Below are the diverse types of car accidents that can occur.

Rear-end collisions

One of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents is a rear-end collision. They are caused when one car slows down or stops and the one directly behind hits it. In most cases, these accidents are the fault of the rear driver due to issues, such as distraction or speeding.

Head-on collisions

A head-on collision is one of the most dangerous. Such collisions occur when two vehicles crash from the front. Often, this kind of accident occurs when one vehicle travels the wrong way down a road and cannot avoid oncoming traffic. Head-on collisions can cause catastrophic injuries such as those affecting the brain or spinal cord.

T-bone accidents

A common type of crash is the T-bone accident, which happens when one vehicle hits another from the side. These rank as one of the deadliest because the sides of vehicles don’t have safety measures to buffer the impact. T-bones usually occur because of impaired driving, ignoring traffic signs and signals, speeding, distraction or reckless driving.

Sideswipe accident

A sideswipe occurs when one vehicle tries to pass another but doesn’t have enough room to safely pass. This type of accident can result in scrapes on the affected side and can be deadly if the accident involves a bicycle or motorcycle.


Rollovers usually happen to top-heavy vehicles, such as semi-trucks or SUVs. However, even smaller cars can suffer this type of accident with enough force. Occupants involved in rollovers can also be ejected from the vehicle, which can lead to death.

Single-vehicle accidents

A single-vehicle accident involves just one car and can happen for a variety of reasons. A driver can crash when they’re drowsy, intoxicated or distracted. It can also occur due to something as simple as swerving to avoid hitting an animal on the road.

Not all car accidents are avoidable. However, you can reduce your risk by using common sense and remaining alert while driving.