You’re driving home from work one snowy afternoon. Everything is fine until your car slips on a piece of ice and you go flying off the road. This is what is called a single vehicle accident and it’s one of the most common ones you may experience while on the road. 

There are many ways you can get into an accident while driving. Like most things in life though, if you know about them, you can avoid them for the most part.

To keep yourself safe on the road, read this list of the most common types of car accidents and how to not become a victim of them. 

1. Rear-End Collisions 

Rear-End collisions are perhaps the most common of the crashes on this list. It happens when you’re following another car too closely. They may have to slam on their breaks and if you’re not paying attention or don’t give yourself enough room to stop, you may bump into them.

Most of the time these accidents aren’t too damaging. All you have to do to avoid them is to keep some distance between yourself and other cars.   

2. Single Vehicle Accidents 

Single car accidents usually happen when you try too hard to correct a small driving mistake or you break too hard to avoid some sort of obstacle. Doing this could cause you to slip off the road, spin out of control, or hit a stationary object. 

The best way to avoid these crashes is to avoid reckless driving behavior such as speeding and to be careful when driving in bad weather. 

3. T-Bone or Cross-Traffic Accidents 

T-bone accidents usually happen at intersections. Someone fails to follow the rules of the road or get distracted and pulls out before they are supposed to. They end up crashing into the side of another vehicle. 

The number one way to avoid these crashes is to obey traffic laws but of course, you can’t control someone else’s actions. Make sure you’re always paying attention at an intersection. Look for any signs that the drivers near you may try to speed on through or that they are simply distracted. 

If you do all this and are still hit, then read more here to find out what you need to do next. 

4. Clipping Other Cars When Merging

Every time you merge into traffic you run the risk of being side-swept. This usually happens because you (the merging driver), didn’t check all your blind spots before you pulled out. 

Always check these and if you happen to not be the merging driver, don’t speed in areas where other people are trying to merge. If you do then they won’t be able to see you out of their blind spot.  

The Most Common Types of Car Accidents Out There 

The best way to avoid the most common types of car accidents on the road is to be aware of them. While you can’t control the actions of others on the road, you can control yours which is half the battle. Safe travels. 

Great driving skills isn’t the only way you can keep yourself and your family safe. Visit the lifestyle section of our blog for even more safety tips.