Types of Car Accidents

Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in car accidents throughout the United States. While traffic-related fatalities are declining in Missouri, according to data from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the state is still a far way off from zero traffic deaths. In 2018, there were 921 crash-related deaths in Missouri; in 2019, that number dropped to 876 deaths. While the general trend of declining fatalities is encouraging, these numbers are still alarmingly high. And they do not even take into account the number of motorists who sustained injuries due to traffic accidents.

In Missouri, as in other states, people are severely injured or even lose their lives in all types of motor vehicle collisions. While some types of accidents tend to be more dangerous than others, any accident can result in devastating or even fatal injuries. Typically, the severity of the crash—based on factors like speed, braking, and the sizes and number of vehicles involved—determines the severity of the resulting injuries, though there are exceptions to this rule.

Below, we’ve outlined some of the most common types of car accidents that we see here at The Dixon Injury Firm, as well as their common causes and the types of damages they can lead to. If you were involved in any type of car accident, or if your loved one was killed in a motor vehicle crash in Missouri, turn to our St. Louis car accident lawyers for reliable legal representation. Our firm has a proven record of success, having secured more than $50 million for our clients. We understand the many unique challenges you face, and we are prepared to help you fight to hold the negligent party accountable for your losses.

Contact our office online or call us at (314) 208-2808 today to request a free, confidential consultation.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are some of the most common of all car accidents. They occur when one vehicle hits the back of another vehicle. Rear-end collisions can be relatively mild or very serious, depending largely on the speed at which they occur. Failing to stop in time and tapping someone’s bumper in a parking lot while going less than 10 mph is far less serious than slamming into the back of a suddenly stopping vehicle at highway speeds.

Rear-end collisions are commonly caused by:

Rear-end crashes can lead to serious injuries, including whiplash, herniated discs, facial injuries, and brain damage.

While it may seem as though the rear driver is always to blame for a rear-end collision, this may not always be the case. While motorists are required to keep a safe distance between themselves and those in front of them, they may be unable to stop in time when the car in front of them doesn’t have working brake lights or when the front vehicle stops very suddenly when traveling at high speeds. Additionally, when multiple cars are involved in an accident, a vehicle may be pushed into the car in front of it by another motorist who hits the back of the first vehicle. It’s important to work with an experienced rear-end accident attorney who can evaluate the facts of your case in order to determine liability.

Schedule your free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys; call (314) 208-2808 or CONTACT us online to get started.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions—when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide front to front—are extremely dangerous. Head-on crashes are some of the most deadly of all car accidents, as the force of two vehicles moving in opposing directions colliding is immense.

Victims of head-on collisions often sustain the following injuries:

  • Multiple fractures
  • Severe soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Accidental amputation

Sadly, many victims of head-on collisions die due to their injuries. If you were catastrophically injured or if your loved one died as a result of a head-on collision caused by a distracted, reckless, or intoxicated driver, our head-on collision lawyers can help you fight for fair compensation for your damages. This might include things like current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and more.

Side-Impact Collisions

Side-impact crashes often happen when people are not paying attention or make critical mistakes. Depending on the speed at which side-impact crashes happen, the effects can be catastrophic.

Generally speaking, there are two types of side-impact crashes:

  • Side-Swipes: When a vehicle comes too close to another car traveling in the same direction and hits it or merges into a car in another lane, this is known as a side-swipe. Side-swipe collisions can result in the impacted vehicle swerving into other lanes of traffic or off the road. It can also cause the driver who was hit to overcorrect in an attempt to avoid hitting anyone or anything else, leading to a rollover accident, T-bone accident, or head-on collision.
  • T-Bones: When a car hits another vehicle on the side at a right angle (or at nearly a right angle), this is known as a T-bone collision. These types of crashes often occur when a driver attempts to make an unprotected left turn across oncoming lanes of traffic. They can also occur when someone runs a red light or stop sign, ramming into someone else who was crossing the intersection on a green light/after stopping.

The Dixon Injury Firm can help you after a side-impact crash. Our attorneys often work with accident reconstructionists, medical experts, and others in order to conduct exhaustive investigations and determine exactly what happened, as well as who is liable.


A rollover happens when a car, pickup truck, or sport utility vehicle (SUV) flips over, either landing on its roof or rolling over completely one or more times to land upright. Rollovers tend to affect vehicles with a high center of gravity, meaning vehicles that are taller than average passenger cars. However, any type of car can flip if it is hit at a high speed or at a certain angle.

Rollovers often occur when the vehicle is struck on the side by another car, especially when this happens at high speeds. Rollovers can also happen when a motorist is traveling too fast around a curve, overcorrects, or when weather conditions are poor (e.g. slick, icy roads). Another common cause of rollover accidents is defective vehicle design. If the vehicle is designed in such a way that it is extremely prone to rolling over, making it inherently unsafe, the designer of the vehicle could be held legally liable.

Rollover accidents often lead to:

  • Roof crushes/collapses
  • Broken windshields/car windows
  • Crushed sidewalls and doors
  • Passengers being thrown from the vehicle
  • Objects moving around inside the vehicle

This can lead to serious, catastrophic injuries and, in the most tragic cases, fatalities. At The Dixon Injury Firm, we can help you seek justice and fair compensation for your damages by fighting to hold the liable party accountable.

Other Common Types of Car Accidents

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Contact The Dixon Injury Firm Today

Whether you were injured in a rear-end collision, a head-on crash, a side-impact wreck, a rollover, or some other type of car accident, The Dixon Injury Firm is ready to help you in your recovery. Our St. Louis car accident lawyers understand the many complexities involved in these types of claims and are prepared to help you navigate the legal process from start to finish. Because no two cases are the same, we provide personalized counsel and attentive representation every step of the way.

Our firm offers free initial consultations to all new and prospective clients, as well as contingency fees. This means that if we do not recover a settlement or verdict in your case, you do not pay us a dime. There is no risk in speaking to a member of our team to learn more about how we can help you with your car accident claim and fight for the justice you deserve. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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