Worcester Crash Data: The Most Common Collisions (Part 4 of 4)
Of the nearly 5,000 car crashes in Worcester in 2013, more than half were the result of two specific types of accidents: angle (t-bone) and head-on collisions. These types and other accidents have the potential to cause serious, and sometimes fatal, injuries. In fact, more than a quarter of all accidents in 2013 resulted in injuries or death.
This article is Part 4 of our Four-Part Series on Worcester Crash Data. Here, we focus on the most common types of vehicle collisions.
What are the Most Common Types of Collisions?
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) categorizes auto accidents into the seven types listed below. As you can see, angle (t-bone) and rear-end collisions made up more than 60 percent of the total number of car crashes in Worcester in 2013.
- Angle (T-Bone) Collisions – In an angle (t-bone) collision, one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle head on. These accidents typically occur at intersections, and can often be extremely dangerous for occupants of the side-impacted vehicle. There were 1,817 angle (t-bone) collisions in Worcester in 2013.
- Rear-End Collisions – Rear-end collisions are often the result of speeding, tailgating, and distracted driving. There were 1,264 rear-end collisions in Worcester in 2013.
- Single-Vehicle Crashes – In single-vehicle crashes, it is still possible for the driver and passengers to be entitled to compensation. For example, another car may have run you off of the road, or perhaps an issue with the road or your vehicle is to blame for your injuries. There were 704 single-vehicle crashes in Worcester in 2013.
- Sideswipe, Same Direction – These accidents typically occur on highways and other multi-lane roads, and can be especially dangerous at highway speeds. There were 660 sideswipe, same direction accidents in Worcester in 2013.
- Head-on Collisions – Head-on collisions often result in serious injuries. There were 129 head-on collisions in Worcester in 2013.
- Sideswipe, Opposite Direction – These accidents fall in between angle (t-bone) and head-on collisions. They often occur in high-traffic areas and situations where one car tries to pass another against oncoming traffic. There were 106 sideswipe, opposite direction accidents in Worcester in 2013.
- Rear-to-Rear Collisions – Rear-to-rear collisions generally occur in parking lots and neighborhoods. There were 18 rear-to-rear collisions in Worcester in 2013.
In addition to these accidents, there were an additional 223 crashes in 2013 for which the cause was either unreported or unknown.
Read the Rest of Our Four-Part Series on Worcester Crash Data
For more statistics and information on common causes of car accidents in Worcester, you can read the rest of our Four-Part Series:
- Worcester Car Crash Data: Dangerous Intersections and Road Conditions (Part 1 of 4)
- Worcester Car Crash Data: Most Dangerous Vehicles and Crash Severity (Part 2 of 4)
- Worcester Car Crash Data: When Do the Most Accidents Occur? (Part 3 of 4)
- 2013 Crash Report for Worcester, MA (illustrated)
To Find Out if You Have a Claim for Compensation, Contact Attorney Peter Ventura Today
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover you medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and other losses. To avoid losing your claim, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Attorney Peter Ventura is a Worcester native who has 30 years of experience helping Massachusetts residents recover compensation for vehicle collisions. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call 508-755-7535 or contact us online today.