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Most Common Types of Car Accidents

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Here are the Most Common Car Accidents You Might Encounter in Minnesota

While it is not an absolute certainty, there is an extremely high chance that at some point in your life, you will be involved in a car accident. That is if you haven’t already been through the harrowing experience of having your car collide with another vehicle or some other object.

These accidents can vary in the damage they do and how you will go about filing a claim seeking compensation for damages afterward based on the type of collision that you had. There are a few that Minnesotans are significantly more likely to be involved in than others.

It is within your best interest to familiarize yourself with them before you too find yourself involved in one. If you are injured in a Minnesota car accident, reach out to Sand Law for exceptional legal support. You can contact us online or call us at 651-291-7263.

Rear-End Collisions

One of the single most common car accidents that people are involved in are rear-end collisions. A rear-end collision is when a car runs into the back of another vehicle. These accidents can happen anywhere from the highway to a parking lot as long as there is one vehicle in front of another.

While they can be minor, serious rear-end accidents happen and cause considerable harm. Rear-end collisions will typically occur when one car is following way too closely behind another vehicle.

The front vehicle hits their brakes hard enough so that their deaccelleration is either too fast for the rear driver to react or the back car simply doesn’t have enough room to brake all the way to a complete stop. Rear-end collisions are notorious for causing whiplash which damages the neck and can sometimes go undetected for some time

Single Vehicle Collisions

Not all car accidents have to involve another vehicle. Many people end up colliding with static objects which can have just as severe of an impact as with another car. Some static objects have the potential to do even more damage based on their composition, shape, or position.

In other cases, a car may simply end up driving off the road because of a loss of control and end up in an accident that way. This could be because the car flips or the vehicle goes off of an incline or edge of something like the shoulder of a ditch or bridge. Regardless, the potential for severe injury is quite high. 

T-Bone Collisions

Intersections are where a large number of accidents occur because these locations have the most amount of vehicles making turns in close proximity to other drivers that are waiting for them to get out of their path.

A T-bone collision may also be known as a side-swipe collision and occurs when one car hits another car driving perpendicular to the path that they are on. This results in a collision that forms the shape of a “T” hence the name.

These accidents will occur because a car does not pay attention to a stoplight and also when one car fails to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn.

T-bone accidents can be exceptionally dangerous because there is a chance that the driver’s side can be hit head-on by a car traveling at full speed which puts the driver at immense risk. The same can also happen to the passenger side as well. 

Merging Car Accidents

Merging into other lanes is a regular part of driving yet it is also a maneuver that results in many accidents. Many drivers fail to look and check that the area next to them in the next lane over is empty and safe to merge into which can lead to them having their car slam into the side of the other vehicle. A car may also speed up while a car is merging into the lane in front of them and will get hit that way as well. 

Head-On Collisions

One of the more dangerous types of accidents someone may be involved in is the head-on collision. When someone is involved in a head-on collision a car driving in the opposite direction collides with the front of their vehicle.

This can lead to some of the most severe accidents since the physics of two vehicles traveling at high speed colliding head-on can mean a remarkably high level of force acting on the two vehicles and causing severe damage to the vehicles and drivers as well.

This can occur when drivers fall asleep at the wheel, get distracted, or drive drunk and drift into the oncoming traffic lane. 

Multi-Vehicle Car Accidents

In some cases, a car accident will involve multiple vehicles when there is sufficient traffic. When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident there can be an increase in the amount of danger with each vehicle involved.

Sometimes, there can be a chain reaction of vehicles that crash into an initially crashed vehicle because of its position in the road leading to what is called a pileup.

When all these vehicles hit each other in succession there is an increased chance of even more severe injuries and the cars that initially crashed can suffer more and more damage as more vehicles pile on.


Consider contacting Sand Law about a possible car accident injury claim and how we can assist you in seeking compensation for your injuries. Your primary concern should be recovery and we understand that balancing that with an injury claim can be difficult. Allow us to represent you and help secure a settlement you are comfortable with while you heal.

The lawyers at Sand Law have extensive experience in handling different types of car accident claims where a distracted driver is at fault. Our firm has the resources and know-how that you will need to ensure that your car accident claim stands the best possible chance at success.

You do not have to attempt handling your claim all on your own and face the insurance company alone. Sand Law is more than happy to assist you in seeking compensation for the damages that you have suffered. We encourage you to contact us online or call us at 651-291-7263.


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