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Car accidents are pretty prevalent, with harmful and fatal consequences. Here we will discuss the most fatal type of car accident, the causes, and compensation. 

Two car accidents are never the same due to many reasons. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recorded over 33,000 deaths in motor vehicle crashes in 2019. Many factors determine an accident's severity.

However, knowing the dangerous types of accidents can help you change your driving habits. That's why this article covers the most fatal kind of car accident. In it, our Miami car accident lawyers discuss the top 6 dangerous accidents to note. We'll also cover how to seek financial compensation after a fatal crash in Miami. 

What Are the Common Causes of a Fatal Car Accident?

There are many reasons why a fatal car accident can occur. Most times, it begins with minor driving conditions. Below are some of the common causes.

  • Drunk Driving: A drunk driver can cause automobile accidents. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that 28 people die because of DUI drivers every day.
  • Lack of a Seat Belt: When you're not wearing a seatbelt, it puts you at risk of fatality. In 2017, 39% of those killed in auto crashes during the day in 2018 were not wearing seatbelts.
  • Drowsy Driving: Many people lose their lives because of a sleepy driver behind the wheels. This was the reason for 2.1% of fatal car crashes in 2018.
  • Poor Weather Condition: This is a common reason for accidents in the United States. Bad weather conditions can cause deadly crashes as it reduces visibility. 
  • Speeding: It is a common cause of accidents on major and minor roads. Speeding contributes to most auto accident fatalities. 

Common Fatal Car Accident Types

There are different types of fatal car accidents. However, it is essential to note that these high-impact crashes result in severe injuries or fatalities to drivers and passengers. 

Single-Car Collisions

A single-car collision involves just a vehicle. Although a car on its own might not seem so dangerous, it can result in a fatal crash if it runs off the road or collides with a stationary object. Sometimes, a single-vehicle accident can result in a pedestrian accident or involve a bicyclist. A common cause of a single-vehicle collision is distracted driving. As stated in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, distracted drivers are responsible for over 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries each year. 

Additionally, a driver going beyond the speed limit can quickly lose control of the car, especially in bad weather or low-light conditions. Another common cause of single-vehicle collisions is driving under the influence.

Head-On Collisions

When two vehicles hit each other from opposite directions, it is known as a head-on accident. It is a fatal car accident type due to the force of impact. Even at a low speed, when two vehicles hit each other, they exert a lot of pressure on each other. In 2019, head-on collisions were responsible for 10.9% of auto accidents in the United States.

Head-on accidents are not as common as rear-end accidents, and negligent drivers cause them. For example, a driver swerves into oncoming traffic or enters the wrong lane. Some severe injuries that could occur due to this type of accident are spinal cord damage, brain stem injury, limb amputation, head injuries, whiplash, etc. 

Rear-End Accidents

According to a report, there are about 1.7 million rear-end accidents each year in the United States, with over 500,000 injuries. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents. Sometimes, rear-end accidents don't lead to fatal injuries.

However, it is essential for a driver involved in a rear-end collision to seek medical treatment immediately. You may not realize your injuries until days or weeks later when you start experiencing symptoms. 

A common injury from this type of crash is whiplash. However, its effects are not noticeable immediately, so seeking medical care is essential. The most common cause of a rear collision is distracted driving. 

Rollover Accidents

Rollover collisions are not common, but they're still responsible for 10% of occupant’s death in passenger vehicle crashes. Passengers in a rollover accident are usually ejected partially or entirely. It could cause passengers to be trapped under vehicles and suffer fatal injuries.

Some vehicles, especially those narrow or heavy, are more likely to roll over. It is also common in single-vehicle accidents. Speeding, aggressive driving, and drunk driving are common factors that can cause a rollover car accident.

T-Bone Collision

This is also known as angle collisions and is responsible for 18.2% of fatal motor vehicle crashes. T-bone accidents occur when a car slams frontward into another vehicle's side. It is pretty dangerous because the vehicle might be hitting the other vehicle at a high rate of speed. This type of accident can push the impacted automobile into a traffic lane, causing multi-vehicle accidents.

T-bone crashes occur when a driver is going beyond maximum speed limits. Sometimes, the driver tries to make a changing light and might not make it in time, therefore speeding through a red right.

There's a high chance that the cars driving perpendicular to the speeding vehicle might begin to go through the green. At this point, a T-bone accident can occur. The person at the side of the impact suffers severe injuries that might cause their death.

Multi-Vehicle Pileups

The fatality rates for this type of collision are pretty high. Multiple vehicle pileups start with two vehicles. However, it could soon affect more cars. This crash type is common on major roads, although it can also occur on minor roads. 

One situation that can lead to a multi-vehicle accident is traffic congestion during peak hours. As a result, drivers get restless, and it could cause reckless driving. Then a driver strikes another from behind, sending it into another and creating a multi-reaction collision. 

Additionally, inclement weather conditions can cause this type of crash. This is common in foggy conditions or during heavy rainfall. The low visibility causes vehicles to bump into each other, so it's better to avoid driving in such situations or avoid speeding.

Common Injuries That Lead to Fatality After an Auto Crash

Accident victims either die instantly or while undergoing treatment. However, some remain alive for days or weeks before succumbing to their injury. Some of the crash wounds that may cause death are:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): This occurs when there's a blow to the head. It usually leads to bleeding, torn tissues, and bruising. A traumatic brain injury can sometimes lead to death or life-long complications. Also, surviving a traumatic brain injury reduces a person's life expectancy by nine years.
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A traffic collision causes a sudden blow to the spinal cord injury or surrounding tissues, including ligaments, discs, and vertebrae. This could cause the vertebrae to break or sensitive tissues to get crushed. There could also be bleeding in the spine. All these may lead to a victim's death if they do not receive immediate medical attention.
  • Internal Bleeding: Sometimes, drivers don't know they're suffering from internal injuries or bleeding till they seek medical attention. This wound is dangerous because there is no external symptom, hence the higher fatality risk. Therefore, even if you appear unharmed after a collision, ensure you get a complete medical checkup to rule out internal injuries. 
  • Broken Bones: Generally, the body can not withstand the force of a collision, and it often causes the bone to break. While fractures are not life-threatening, they can be fatal if it is a compound fracture, gets infected, or the broken bone punctures an artery.

Recoverable Damages From a Fatal Crash in Miami

A fatal collision could cause the victim or/and at-fault driver's death. The victim's legal beneficiaries can file a compensation claim where the person dies, but the negligent party survives. If they succeed, they are entitled to the following compensation:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Extensive property damage
  • Loss of companionship 
  • Loss of consortium 
  • Funeral and burial expenses 
  • Pain and suffering (this covers the pain the victim suffered before they died)

To pursue a wrongful death claim, work with a wrongful death attorney. A lawyer will handle the legal process and secure maximum compensation through a settlement or court judgment.  

Contact VG Law Group, LLP After a Fatal Crash in Miami

Losing a loved love to a fatal car crash is tough. It is more hurtful when someone else's negligence caused the accident. Thankfully, the law allows legal beneficiaries to recover financial compensation. While the money won't bring back your loved ones, it will help offset the bills they left behind.

Our personal injury attorneys at VG Law Group, LLP have experience recovering financial compensation after a fatal crash in Miami. We'll help you get a decent settlement from the negligent party. We are available to answer any questions you have. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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