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Five Common Types of Car Accidents and How They Occur

2019 was a dangerous year for Portland residents in terms of car accidents and injuries. Serious and potentially life-threatening crashes happened on a regular basis, putting both drivers and their passengers at risk. To protect yourself in the year ahead, it is important to be aware of the most common types of collisions and how they typically happen.

1. Rear-End Collisions

According to statistics from the Insurance Information Institute (III), car accidents in Portland and throughout the state of Oregon claim the lives of roughly 500 people each year while causing serious injuries for thousands of others. One of the most common types of crashes involves rear-end collisions. These tend to happen in high-traffic situations and are often a result of speeding or tailgating. Taking your time when traveling and giving other drivers plenty of room on the road can help to reduce your risks.

2. Sideswipe Accidents

This is when one vehicle brushes too closely against the side of another, often when passing or when one driver is caught in another’s blind spot. These types of collisions tend to happen on multi-lane roads or major highways and can cause one or both drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, passing in no-pass zones, and failure to yield are often to blame. Be cautious of driving alongside other vehicles, particularly trucks, and when passing be sure to indicate and allow yourself plenty of space.

3. Side-Impact Crashes

Often referred to as t-bone crashes, these are another common type of collision and can cause serious harm for all drivers and passengers involved. They are common in intersections and often happen as a result of running red lights and stop signs or disregarding other traffic signals. The speed at which drivers are traveling at the time of impact increases the risk of fatal injuries. To protect yourself, be cautious when approaching intersections, do not assume other drivers will stop, and avoid running yellow lights.

4. Head-On Collisions

These are one of the least common but potentially deadly types of accidents. They often occur on one-way streets, on major highways, and freeway exit or entrance ramps. They are particularly common at night and drowsy driving is a frequent factor. Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications also increases your risks.

5. Rollover Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that rollover accidents have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. While they are more common among trucks, SUVs, vans, and other taller vehicles, they can impact any driver. Rollovers are more likely to happen when going too fast for conditions around curves in the road or when making tight turns. 

Our Portland Car Accident Attorneys Are Here To Help

When you or someone you love is injured in a collision, the Johnston Law Firm, P.C. helps you get the compensation you need to recover. Call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland car accident attorneys online to request a consultation today. 


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.