Some car accidents in California are minor ones, causing little more than dents and scratches. Other accidents might cause severe damage and catastrophic injuries. Golden State drivers may benefit from being mindful of possible worst-case scenario accidents that might take place so that they exercise more caution on the road.
Not surprisingly, collisions involving two vehicles crashing into one another head-on create a tremendous potential for fatalities. If two vehicles are traveling at 65 mph on a single-lane highway and one crosses a double line, the head-on collision could crush both vehicles’ front ends. A vehicle that crosses the line to make an illegal pass reflects one example of how such things happen.
When a vehicle stops at a traffic light and another car crashes into it at 45 mph or higher, the rear collision could result in severe whiplash, spinal damage and other severe injuries. Distracted or fatigued driving might contribute to the mishap.
Broadsides involve collisions with side impact. While many vehicles come with side airbags, they may not be enough to prevent injury. For example, if a compact car were hit in an intersection by a semi-truck that went through a red light, fatal injuries may occur.
Concerns worth pointing out
Some deadly accidents happen when a driver causes harm under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An intoxicated driver could hit a turn far faster than is safe, leading to a rollover. The rollover might kill a passenger; rollovers are among the deadliest results in an accident.
Driver errors could also lead to hitting a tree or another object head-on. Again, a passenger could end up severely injured or killed in addition to the driver’s injuries.
Disastrous car accidents may lead to questions about who caused the collision. If the responsible party acted negligently, a lawsuit might follow. An attorney may be able to help an accident victim determine who was at fault and aid in filing a lawsuit.