Traumatic injuries and fatal injuries can result in any type of car accident. No one can predict with certainty the outcome of a crash. However, some types of car crashes often cause traumatic injuries and life-threatening injuries. Below are three of those car accident types that are often fatal or result in life-altering injuries.
Pile-Up Traffic Accidents
A collision between two vehicles can cause horrific injuries. However, when numerous vehicles are involved, the chance of traumatic injuries and death increase. Multiple vehicles result in numerous impacts from various angles, which can result in an increase in flying debris and the risk of fires and explosions.
A person in a vehicle can sustain injuries from rear impacts, front impacts, and side impacts within quick succession. With each impact, the person can sustain spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, and brain injuries. Numerous points of impact can result in the car being crushed or the person being thrown from the vehicle.
Head-on collisions are dangerous because the impact of the collision is multiplied by the speed of the vehicles at the time of the crash. Therefore, the faster the vehicles are traveling, the stronger the force of the impact. Head-on collisions are considered to be one of the deadliest types of car crashes. Passengers are often thrown from the vehicle or crushed during impact. When a larger vehicle, such as a commercial truck, collides with a smaller car, the passengers in the car are unlikely to survive the collision.
T-Bone or Side Impact Crashes
Side impact crashes are often called T-bone accidents because of the shape the two vehicles form upon impact. The front of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle to form a “T” shape. Side impact crashes are common at intersections when one driver fails to yield the right of way to other drivers.
Unfortunately, T-bone accidents are very dangerous for passengers sitting on the side of the impact. The sides of a vehicle offer considerably less protection for passengers because there is not as much space or metal between the passenger and the point of impact. With a head-on collision or a rear-end collision, the engine and the trunk absorb some of the impact. With a side impact collision, there is a thin piece of metal separating the passenger from the front of the other vehicle. When the vehicle is crushed in the crash, the passenger sitting in that seat can sustain life-threatening blunt force trauma injuries.
Contact a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney
Regardless of the type of car crash, you can benefit from discussing your claim with an experienced car accident lawyer in New Orleans. An attorney evaluates your claim and explains your options for recovering compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.
An insurance adjuster may not accurately calculate the full value of your car accident claim. Settling an accident claim without speaking with an attorney could result in a much lower settlement amount for your claim.
For a free legal consultation with a New Orleans personal injury lawyer, call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889.