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What Are the Most Common Car Accidents?

As a driver, you are at risk of severe injuries when others on the road are negligent. Several types of accidents can cause you to endure harm, and it helps to know what to look for to identify negligence. Luckily, you have rights if someone causes you harm in any collision.

Here are a few of the different types of accidents:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Single-vehicle crashes
  • T-bone accidents
  • Clipping
  • Low-speed accidents

Below, we will explain how these accidents occur, along with the injuries you may suffer. With the right help, you can work to hold the responsible party fully accountable for the damages you sustain and pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.

Call our firm today at (216) 600-0114 for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are some of the most common crashes, and they occur nearly everywhere on the road. No matter if you’re in traffic on a highway or stopping at an intersection, a rear-end collision is the least expected, and you may never even see the vehicle approaching behind you.

Causes of rear-end collisions include:

  • Distracted drivers who are looking at their phones and not paying attention to stopped vehicles in front of them.
  • Speeding drivers who don’t give themselves time to brake or slow down.
  • Drivers who fail to maintain their vehicles and have worn or defective brakes that prevent them from stopping.

While we may learn to use our mirrors vigilantly while driving, there’s very little we can do to prevent a rear-end accident. In some cases, you may file a third-party lawsuit against a manufacturer if the crash occurs because of a defective auto part.

Single-Vehicle Crashes

Unfortunately, some individuals lose control of their vehicle, and it causes a crash. There’s very little a person can do to obtain compensation in some of these cases other than going through their insurance provider. However, some circumstances can create a personal injury case.

One such circumstance occurs of the driver loses control of their vehicle because of a defective auto part. Someone may crash into a structure because their brakes fail. They may lose control of their vehicle because of tread separation, resulting in them crashing into a wall. In these cases, an injured party may take legal action against the defective part manufacturer.

T-Bone Accidents

T-bone accidents are most common at intersections. These types of accidents occur when a negligent driver crashes into another vehicle’s side, creating the appearance of a “T.” While any T-bone accident can be particularly dangerous, those that involve crashes on the driver’s side can be devastating.

T-bone accidents often occur because of:

  • Drunk drivers: Drunk drivers suffer from impaired decision-making abilities. They may not stop for traffic lights or stop signs. It’s easy for a drunk driver to crash into a crossing driver at an intersection.
  • Distracted drivers: If someone is looking down at their phone while approaching a stop sign or red light, they may not stop as they should. They may run the traffic signal and crash into another vehicle that is crossing.
  • Speeding: Posted speed limits exist to prevent harm. Unfortunately, speeding drivers can run right through an intersection regardless of traffic laws. If there’s another vehicle crossing perpendicularly, the speeding driver can cause a significant accident.


Have you ever seen a driver merge lanes right in front of or behind another driver? These drivers barely give any room to the other driver. Unfortunately, close calls can quickly become devastating crashes when the negligent driver clips someone else’s vehicle.

Clipping is often just a minor bump, but it can quickly turn into a major accident. Drivers may lose control of their vehicle or overcorrect when trying to recover. As a result, the driver whose vehicle was clipped can crash into someone else or a structure. The negligent driver who clips someone else is often responsible for all damages they cause.

Low-Speed Accidents

While low-speed accidents are often referred to as “fender benders,” they can still cause injuries. Even a small impact can result in a driver sustaining whiplash or soreness. What may seem like a minor soft tissue injury can worsen over time and significantly impact your day-to-day life.

After a low-speed accident, you still deserve the right to pursue compensation for any damages you sustain.

Unfortunately, car accidents occur in the millions each year. As a result, people sustain life-altering injuries that prevent them from living a high-quality life. These injuries can require ongoing medical care, surgeries, and more. You may be unable to work and earn an income, making compensation even more vital.

Injuries following a collision include:

  • Whiplash
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage

If you suffer an injury because of someone else’s negligent actions, you can rely on our Cleveland car accident attorneys to be there for you. We work to obtain compensation when our clients need it most. You should never have to suffer harm because of someone else’s reckless behavior. Our job is to hold negligence accountable and give you a voice to safeguard your rights.

At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, we have significant experience representing the injured. We go above and beyond to help our clients during the most challenging times of their lives, pursuing justice on their behalf. You can trust us to stand in your corner and be your advocates every step of the way, protecting you from insurance companies and their devious tactics.

For a free consultation, call our firm at (216) 600-0114 today. We’re here for you.


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