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  • Writer's pictureLeitner Varughese Warywoda

Which Angle of Car Accident is the Most Dangerous?

The speed that cars are traveling at the time of impact has a major effect on whether the accident results in serious injuries. Seatbelts are also an important factor; the universal availability of seat belts in cars and laws requiring their use has reduced traffic fatalities more than any other single factor. Your health before the accident does not play a role in whether you suffer traumatic injuries such as bone fractures, but it does affect the severity and recovery time of accident-related injuries such as whiplash injury and complex regional pain syndrome, painful conditions where the only cure is to let your body heal. The angle of collision also matters; some of the most common collision scenarios carry a relatively low risk of serious injury. If you have been injured in a car accident, no matter the details of the moments that led up to it, contact a New York car accident lawyer.

Head-On Collisions Can Be Disastrous Even at Low Speeds

Front-impact collisions, where the front of one car strikes the front of another, are the most dangerous. They carry a substantial risk of serious injury or death even at speeds that are within the speed limits of most city streets. Seatbelts and airbags are among the best protection in the event of a head-on collision; being ejected from the vehicle greatly increases the risk of death.

T-Bone Collisions are Bad News for the Occupants of the Struck Vehicle

A T-bone collision happens when the front of one car strikes the side of another. These accidents are almost always the fault of the driver of the striking vehicle, but the occupants of the struck vehicle usually sustain more severe injuries than the at-fault driver. The passenger who is nearest to the point of impact is at the highest risk of severe injuries, although seatbelts and airbags keep the injuries from being even worse. The side door of a car offers little protection in a collision, but in the striking vehicle, the car’s front bumper and engine are separating the driver from the point of impact.

Other Common Types of Collisions

The good news is that the most destructive types of car accidents are not the most common. Sideswipe collisions, which happen when the side of one car strikes the side of another, tend to occur when one driver makes an improper lane change. Another common type of collision is the rear-end collision. Since these types of collisions most often occur in heavy traffic, the vehicles are not going very fast, and therefore, they usually do not result in severe injuries. Even relatively minor injuries can lead to costly medical bills, and a car accident lawyer can help you get the money you need.

Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC About Car Accident Cases

A car accident lawyer can help you if you are struggling with medical bills related to a car accident. Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC in Brooklyn, New York, or call (212)671-1110 to discuss your case.

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