No doubt you depend on your vehicle and your skill as a driver to take you safely from point A to point B.
However, you never know what other motorists are doing and a crash can happen in an instant. What kind causes the most fatalities?
A little background
According to the National Safety Council, there were 38,800 motor vehicle fatalities nationwide in 2019. Looking a little further back, collisions between vehicles accounted for almost 79% of all traffic-related injuries in 2018, but as to type, angle collisions were responsible for the most fatalities that year: approximately 7,400.
Danger going your way
An angle collision is similar to a side-impact collision. However, an angle collision is one that happens when the vehicles involved are heading in the same direction or when a single vehicle strikes an object at an angle, such as a guardrail, for example. An angle collision can cause more serious injuries than either a rear-end or head-on crash because there is less safety protection along the sides of vehicles. Studies show that side-impact and angle crashes are responsible for more than 35% of serious injuries and fatalities.
A look ahead
Knowing about potentially dangerous situations can help you remain alert and focused on your driving. Still, you may not be able to avert trouble such as an angle collision you never saw coming. The good news is that you avoid becoming a statistic. However, if you should become the injured victim of a vehicle crash, you may face hospitalization and significant recovery time. If this happens, you have a right to anticipate compensation to cover your medical expenses and more.