Highway car accidents can vary in type and severity. They’re often influenced by high speeds, heavy traffic, and roadway conditions. They often include:
- Rear-end collisions: This happens when one vehicle crashes into the back of another. It’s often caused by tailgating, sudden stops, or distracted driving.
- Head-on collisions: These accidents involve the front ends of two vehicles hitting each other at a combined speed. They’re particularly dangerous and often result from wrong-way driving or drivers losing control.
- Sideswipe accidents: These accidents occur when the sides of two parallel vehicles make contact. They happen when one vehicle tries to change lanes without noticing another vehicle in the blind spot.
- Multi-vehicle pile-ups: These accidents involve multiple vehicles and are common on busy highways. They’re often triggered by one accident on a highway that leads to a chain reaction of collisions.
- Rollover accidents: This occurs when a vehicle flips over onto its side or roof. They’re common with taller vehicles such as SUVs and trucks. They often happen due to sharp turns at high speeds or collisions.