With so many vehicles sharing the road, it’s only natural for accidents to occur every now and again. Even if you do your best to stay safe, you’re not in full control over whether you’re part of a crash.

There are many types of car accidents, all of which can cause serious injury and property damage. These are some of the most common:

  • Rear-end accident: You’re sitting at a red light or stop sign and you see the person behind you closing in quickly. Before you can do anything, you’re hit from behind. This is a dangerous accident that can cause a variety of injuries, such as whiplash.
  • Head-on collision: Depending on the speed at impact, this is often the most serious type of car accident. Even with air bags, it’s possible that this type of crash will cause serious injury or death.
  • Side-impact crash: This typically occurs when a driver speeds through an intersection, often while running a red light or stop sign.
  • Multi-vehicle highway accident: With so many cars in close proximity, all of which are moving at high speed, a highway accident often involves multiple vehicles. This increases the chance of multiple injuries.

As you do your best to avoid all these common types of car accidents, other drivers may not think twice about the steps they can take to remain safe.

If you’re involved in any type of crash, call for help and tend to your injuries until an ambulance arrives. You can then contact your insurance company and take steps to protect your legal rights.