California Car Accident Common Types

Car accidents are almost always stressful events that leave victims overwhelmed and dealing with a situation they likely didn’t expect. Types of car accidents, however, vary with many resulting in specific injuries depending on the particular type of accident. The type of car accident can also help to determine which driver is at fault and how the accident is treated. Which, when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries and damage, are important factors in the equation. Some of the most common types of car accidents in California include the following.


Vehicle rollovers can be some of the most dangerous and frightening car accidents simply because many of the vehicles involved in rollovers are large vehicles. A rollover can happen when the vehicle falls over onto its side or roof, which is more likely to happen with sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and trucks. If you add in high speeds and sharp turns, a rollover can become an especially deadly type of car accident.

Rear-End Collisions

Sometimes you may be bumped from the behind while you’re waiting at a stop light and it doesn’t end up being a dangerous ordeal. However, rear-end collisions can result in serious accidents with severe injuries, especially if the person who crashes into you is driving at a high speed. This, in turn, can lead to a number of other problems like causing you to hit the person in front of you and before you know it, you’re involved in a multi-car accident through no fault of your own.

Shopping Cart and Parking Lot Accidents

Although when most people imagine car accidents they think of those occurring between cars, other types can take place through no fault of your own. It’s particularly frustrating to have to deal with a car accident when you’ve done nothing more than park outside a store. When this happens, you’ll not only have to face dealing with the damages but also investigating and tracking down any responsible parties.

Hit and Run

Hit and run accidents can occur while you are in the car or just parked on a side street. Like parking lot and shopping cart accidents, you may not have been doing anything but driving or waiting and minding your own business. However, these accidents can become difficult to manage because you have to try to find the person who hit your car and then chose to leave the scene, and they aren’t going to make it easy for you. In California, you are required to stop if you are in a car accident, so those who decide to hit and run face severe consequences. If you have to find the person responsible for your accident, you’ll need a car accident lawyer familiar with hit and runs to help.

Side Impact or T-Bone

This type of car accident happens when vehicles that are parallel touch each other. Although most of the time, a side swipe or t-bone accident simply results in minor body damage, it can become more severe if, upon impact, one of the drivers loses control of his or her vehicle. Further, a side-impact accident can be even more dangerous for passengers than other types, especially because it’s the passenger side of one vehicle that will bear most of the impact of the accident.

Car accidents are difficult situations to deal with, no matter the type. If you have been in any of these types of car accidents or others, you’ll need a qualified car accident lawyer to ensure the person who caused the accident is held responsible. Contact the Law Offices of J. Chrisp online or call us at 1-877-J-CHRISP (1-877-524-7477) immediately.