Last Updated on March 17, 2021 by Theodore Spaulding
A traffic collision, also called a motor vehicle collision, car accident, or car crash occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree, pole, or building. Traffic collisions often result in injury, disability, death, and property damage as well as financial costs to both society and the individuals involved. Road transport is the most dangerous situation people deal with on a daily basis, but casualty figures from such incidents attract less media attention than other, less frequent types of tragedy.
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The Different Types of Collisions
Road traffic collisions generally fall into one of four common types:
A head-on collision is a traffic collision where the front ends of two vehicles hit each other when traveling in opposite directions, as opposed to a side collision or rear-end collision.
Collisions involving pedestrians
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal traffic accidents involving pedestrians are on the rise, with 6,283 pedestrian deaths in 2018—a 3 percent increase from 2017. When a vehicle hits a pedestrian at higher speeds, it’s no surprise that serious injuries and fatalities can result.
A single-vehicle collision is when a single road vehicle has a collision without involving any other vehicle. They usually have similar root causes as head-on collisions, but no other vehicle happened to be in the path of the vehicle leaving its lane. Severe collisions of this type can happen on highways, since speeds are extra high, increasing the severity.
Crashes at intersections (road junctions) are a very common type of road collision types. Collisions may involve head-on impact when one vehicle crosses an opposing lane of traffic to turn at an intersection, or side impacts when one vehicle crosses the path of an adjoining vehicle at an intersection.