No one wants to get into a car accident in Massachusetts, especially one that results in severe injuries or even death. However, fatal motor vehicle accidents are more common than you think. The following types of accidents are among the most common that result in death.
Head-on collisions, especially those involving trucks, are considered the most dangerous fatal car accidents, especially when they occur at high speeds. Although only 2% of motor vehicle accidents involve head-on collisions, they are responsible for 10% of deaths. Common causes include running red lights, speeding, swerving to avoid obstacles and misjudging distance.
These occur when one driver slams into the side of another vehicle. These typically occur at intersections when one vehicle turns in front of oncoming traffic, but they can also happen when one vehicle drifts into the wrong side of highway lanes to pass slower vehicles. Crash severity depends on the impact force as the sides of cars generally have less crash protection.
Vans, SUVs, pickup trucks and other high-profile vehicles are prone to rolling over, and these accidents can also happen to cars that sit closer to the ground. Sometimes, rollovers are only single-vehicle accidents but can often occur in multi-car pileups. Rollovers typically happen when drivers try to avoid sudden dangers ahead, so they make quick, sharp turns that cause their vehicle to flip on its side or roof.
Surviving serious accidents
You may have survived a severe accident while suffering life-altering injuries. Typical injuries in a serious accident include broken bones and fractures, spinal cord injuries, head and brain trauma, and internal problems with the lungs, kidneys, intestines and spleen.
You may need months or even years of medical treatment; in some cases, you may never be able to work again. Victims of serious motor vehicle accidents that occur through the negligence of others may be able to receive compensation for their injuries, medical treatment and living expenses during recovery.