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What are the most dangerous types of car crashes?

As someone who has been in a car crash, one thought you may have had is how serious your crash could have been. Not all crashes are the same. After all, there are so many factors involved. Things like wearing a seat belt, getting hit in the front instead of the back and speed all play a role in how serious a collision is.

A few types of crashes are more dangerous and likely to cause injuries than others. They include rollovers, head-on collisions, rear-end collisions and side-impact crashes.

Why are these types of crashes so serious?

Rollover crashes are serious because of the potential for crushing injuries as well as injuries from debris, glass and broken pieces of your vehicle. Head-on collisions add the force of both vehicles colliding from opposite sides, essentially doubling the overall force compared to a rear-end collision where both vehicles are traveling in the same direction.

Rear-end collisions are dangerous due to the potential for crashing into other objects ahead of you as well as the risk for whiplash and other head and neck injuries. Finally, side-impact crashes are highly likely to result in harm. There is little protection for those inside the vehicle against the vehicle that has hit the side doors.

What are some common injuries in these crashes?

Common injuries in the above kinds of crashes include contusions, whiplash, spinal cord injuries, herniated discs and head trauma. Broken bones and lacerations may occur as well. In severe cases, these kinds of crashes can prove fatal.

No matter what kind of crash you're in, it's necessary to seek medical help right away. Early medical care can help reduce the risk to everyone involved.

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