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What Are Different Types of Car Accidents?

The most recent data reveals that South Carolina experienced 53,596 traffic injury collisions, an increase of 21.8 percent from 2020.

A car accident can happen in a split second, changing your life permanently. With South Carolina having some of the worst drivers in the country, the state has seen a steady increase in accidents since 2011.

If you drive in South Carolina, it is important to know the risks that you face behind the wheel. In this article, our South Carolina auto accident lawyers discuss the most common types of accidents that occur within the Palmetto State.

Broadside or T-Bone Collisions

Broadside collisions take place when the front of one vehicle collides with the side of another. The most common type of broadside collision, known as a “T-bone” accident, occurs when two vehicles collide at a ninety-degree angle.

T-bone collisions are estimated to lead to the deaths of 8,000-10,000 people annually. Common causes include running a red light, failing to yield right-of-way, and aggressive driving.

Rear End Collisions

With the United States subject to roughly 6.1 million police-reported car accidents each year, an astounding 1.7 million of those accidents are rear-end crashes. A rear-end collision may be the result of distracted driving, tailgating, or traveling in slippery conditions. Injuries from a rear-end collision may involve whiplash, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Head-On Collisions

The United States was home to over 4,200 head-on collisions in 2021. A head-on collision can occur when a vehicle makes contact with a fixed object or when the front ends of two vehicles hit each other. With the intensity of force in this type of crash, head-on collisions often result in catastrophic injuries. Possible injuries include spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, and disfigurement.


A rollover crash occurs when a vehicle flips over, typically landing on its roof. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are known to be top-heavy, having a higher center of gravity. With more motorists driving SUVs, rollover crashes are on the rise. Other contributing factors to rollovers include taking a turn too quickly, driving in inclement weather, and tire blowouts.

Multiple Vehicle Pile-Up

A type of rear-end collision, a multiple-vehicle pile-up, can occur when a motorist is not accurately gauging the speed of the driver in front of them. This type of accident is also known as a chain reaction accident since the collision can cause a “ripple effect” involving many vehicles. Multiple vehicle crashes can cause devastating injuries, shutting down traffic on a road or thoroughfare for several hours.

Injured in a Crash? Contact our South Carolina Auto Accident Lawyers Today

If you have fallen victim to a motor vehicle crash, you understand the toll that it can take on your professional as well as personal life. At John Price Law Firm, LLC, we have successfully helped hundreds of injury victims on their recovery journey.

Let us assist you in recovering the damages to which you are entitled. To get started, contact us online or by phone. We offer complimentary consultations, with in-person and remote options available.