Types of Auto Collisions

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.

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.

5 Common Types of Car Wrecks

  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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