Common Types of Car Wrecks

How car accidents occur can impact the level of damage they cause. It can also reveal the forms of negligence that may have been involved in causing them.

The overview below discusses some of the most common types of auto collisions that occur in the U.S., as well as their typical causes.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in one of these car accidents – or in any type of traffic accident, do not hesitate to contact a Denver auto collision lawyer at Bell & Pollock, P.C. Our lawyers can help you protect your rights and interests while getting you on the path to financial recovery.

Here Are the Five Most Common Types of Car Accidents

These common types of car accidents are often caused by driver negligence, a Denver car accident attorney explains. Contact us if you’ve been hurt in any type of auto accident.

  1. Rear-end collisions

    – Close to 1 in every 3 traffic accidents that occurs annually in the U.S. is a rear-end collision.1 Most often, these types of auto accidents occur when vehicles are traveling at speeds of 30 mph or less and when they are around more heavily trafficked areas, especially intersections.With rear-end collisions, driver negligence in the form of distracted driving or impaired driving is commonly a factor. While any number of injuries can be caused by these accidents, whiplash, as well as other neck and back injuries, are often sustained by the victims of these collisions.

  2. Hit-and-run accidents

    – More than 1 in every 10 traffic accidents in the U.S. is a hit-and-run collision.2 While drivers may flee the scene of an accident for a number of different reasons, some of the more common reasons include that they think they can get away with a hit-and-run or they feel as though they have more to lose by staying at the scene (because, for instance, they were drunk, didn’t have a valid license, have a warrant out for their arrest, etc.).

  3. Single-vehicle accidents

    – When only one car is involved in a wreck, driver negligence in the form of drunk, distracted or simply reckless driving is often a factor. In some cases, however, single-vehicle collisions can be caused by poor roadway conditions or even vehicle equipment failures.

  4. T-bone collisions

    – These types of accidents, which occur when one car slams head-on into the side of another, can be incredibly damaging, especially when motorists are traveling at higher speeds, as airbags and other vehicle safety features provide minimal side protection (as opposed to front protection).As with the other types of car accidents discussed above, driver negligence also commonly contributes to T-bone collisions. For example, T-bone collisions commonly occur when drivers run red lights or stop signs (because they weren’t paying attention, their perception is impaired due to intoxication, etc.).

  5. Rollover accidents

    – Although not as common as the other types of auto accidents discussed thus far, rollovers are among the deadliest types of collisions that can occur. In fact, researchers have found that, while rollovers comprise about 2 percent of all traffic accidents in the U.S., they account for more than 33 percent of fatal traffic wrecks.3 This is often because rollovers can cause life-threatening head and brain injuries, throw people from vehicles, etc.In addition to driver negligence, other potential causes of rollovers include unsafe vehicle designs (i.e., those that put the centers of gravity for vehicles too high), poor roadway conditions, etc.

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After Any Type of Car Accident…

Whether you are involved in one of the above types of auto accidents or in any type of traffic accident, one of the most important things to do as you start picking up the pieces is to contact a seasoned Denver car accident attorney at Bell & Pollock to find out more about:

  • Whether negligence contributed to your accident
  • Your best options for obtaining compensation for your injuries and losses.

Contact an Experienced Denver Car Accident Attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, you can turn to a Denver car accident attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. for experienced help advocating your rights and pursuing justice.

To find out more about how we can help you, call us at (303) 795-5900 or email our firm using the contact form on this page. When you speak with one of our lawyers, you will receive clear, honest legal advice about your case, your rights and your best options for moving forward.

From our offices conveniently located in Denver, Greenwood Village, and Steamboat Springs, our lawyers provide the highest quality legal services to injured people throughout the Denver metro area, Arapahoe County, Routt County and the state of Colorado.


1: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

2: Also according to the NHTSA

3: According to the Department of Transportation

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Case Results


CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
Outcome: $950,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a dump truck, was then knocked forward and hit another vehicle. Client had a concussion with traumatic brain injury. Client underwent a brain scan which showed hypoperfusion, correlated with her concussion symptoms. Client suffered neck injuries and injuries to her low back.
Outcome: $650,000

CASE: Client was rear-ended. The mechanism of injury from the forces in the collision caused her neck injury and at the same time, damaged her organs inside her throat. Client had swallowing and choking issues.
Outcome: $1,250,000

CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
Outcome: $933,000

CASE: The client was driving in her car and was rear-ended thereby causing injuries to her lower back and neck. Client also suffered a concussion. Client had to undergo facet injections multiple times, through multiple procedures. Client also had cognitive issues which required cognitive training and therapy.
Outcome: $400,000

CASE: Client was entering a highway from an on ramp and was rear-ended by a commercial van. Client tested positive for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and failed conservative treatment. Client underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgey, which involved removal of the first rib to attempt to relieve pressure in the thoracic outlet. Client also suffered a back injury.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver, who crossed the center line of the road. Client underwent multiple surgeries and could not work. Client was late 40s and needed a modified life care plan.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a tow truck driver who was a diabetic. The diabetic at fault party was a non-compliant diabetic and claimed he had a syncope episode, and was “blacked out”. Client had a preexisting back condition known and the forces from the collision aggravated, or made worse, the preexisting back condition in addition to, causing neck injuries.
Outcome: $350,000

CASE: Client was a passenger in a car where the driver fell asleep on a country road in the early morning hours. The car rolled multiple times. Client had eye injuries, facial injuries and neck and knee injuries.
Outcome: $850,000

CASE: Client was on the job, driving her own car, when she was rear-ended. She suffered a concussion with traumatic brain injury and pursued Workers Compensation Claim.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice in Central City. He suffered back injuries, that did not require injections.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice on a sidewalk in front of a business. She had to have knee surgery and multiple injections in her back.
Outcome: $175,000

CASE: Client was visiting a friend who was renting a house. Client tripped on untreated, dangerous section of deck and injured his back.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE:Client was rear ended and needed fusion spinal surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE:Client was rear-ended and had to have rotator cuff surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Settled for $65,000

CASE:Client was at Denver International Aiport traveling through Denver, slipped and fell and broke her ankle.
Settled for $118,750

CASE:Client was exposed to mold in a multi-family dwelling that was caused by leaking water.
Settled for $125,000

CASE:Motorcycle accident, reconstructive surgery, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurological injuries
Settled for $1,275,000



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