Types of Vehicle Accidents

In 2018, there were more than 278,000 car accidents across New Jersey. Car accidents occur in all types of situations, from backing out of driveways to navigating a crowded parking lot or driving on the highway. Here are 10 common types of car accidents.

Rear-End Crashes

A rear-end accident occurs when a car crashes into the back of another car. These types of road accidents are common at stoplights, where a distracted driver who is looking at their cell phone, changing the radio station, or talking to a passenger does not realize the car in front of them has stopped.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions often result in serious injuries. If a car strays from their lane or is going the wrong way on a one-way, a head-on collision can have disastrous consequences. These accidents can also occur if a driver does not allow themselves enough time to pass on a two-lane road that allows passing.


T-bones, also called broadside crashes, are when the front of a car hits the side of another vehicle. They often occur at intersections when a car runs a red light when another car has been given the green light and is in the middle of the intersection. T-bones can be especially dangerous if the car hits the front of the other vehicle where there is a driver and possibly passengers. 

Multi-Car Crash

Multi-car crashes can result from a rear-end collision in a condensed area, when one car rear-ends another, and causes that car to hit the back of the car in front of them. They can also happen when there is a wreck that takes place in front of one car, which does not have enough time to stop, and creates a chain reaction of collisions.

Single-Car Accident

Single-car accidents can be caused by a distracted driver drifting off the road, or a driver swerving to avoid hitting an animal or pedestrian. It may cause the driver to hit the guardrail or run off the road.

Rollover Crashes

If a driver tries to swerve too quickly, such as if they start to drift off the road and over correct, it could cause the car to rollover. These crashes are especially dangerous if the occupants are not wearing seatbelts.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving means the driver’s blood alcohol content is over the legal limit, which for adults is 0.08 percent or higher and for those under 21, 0.02 percent or higher. Driving drunk can result in any of the above crashes and poses a risk to everyone else on the road.

Texting While Driving

Distracted driving because of cell phones has become a serious issue in road safety and, like drunk driving, can cause all sorts of collisions and accidents. Glancing at your phone to text for just a few seconds means you could travel hundreds of feet on the road without looking. New Jersey has banned texting while driving.

Hit-and-Run Accidents

Hit-and-runs are when a driver in an accident flees the scene in an effort to avoid responsibility. This is sometimes because the driver does not have insurance and does not believe they could cover the financial costs of the collision.

Tire Blowout

When a tire becomes so damaged that it loses all its pressure, it can cause the driver to lose control. Tire blowout accidents can be caused by punctures, potholes, or anything that results in the tire no longer being able to support the weight of the car.

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accidents Attorneys

Injuries in any type of car accident can have devastating effects on your life, including the financial burdens of the recovery process. At DKR, our team of car accident attorneys can represent your case. We conduct thorough investigations into the accident in an effort to earn you fair compensation from the courts or insurance companies. Speak with our team today by calling 856-489-1515 to set up a free consultation, or fill out the consultation form online.

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