When you’re driving, the last thing you want to think about is the potential to get into a fatal collision. Unfortunately, there is always the risk of getting into a fatal crash because not all drivers are safe. Mistakes can be made, and those mistakes may lead to life-changing consequences.
Looking at data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and analyzed by the National Safety Council and Injury Facts, it was shown that angular collisions cause the greatest number of deaths. In 2018, around 7,400 crashes were caused by angled crashes. Angled crashes include T-bone crashes, for example, but not head-on or rear-end collisions. Sideswipe crashes were also marked in their own category.
Knowing that angled crashes are the most likely to occur and result in the highest number of fatalities yearly, you can start making changes to help avoid them. For example, when approaching an intersection, you should slow down and look both ways before continuing. If you’re driving in a neighborhood where drivers may be backing out of their driveways, use your horn and slow down if you see someone pulling out who may not see you.
Of course, every kind of crash is dangerous and has the potential to lead to fatal consequences, but taking time to read over data like this can give you a good idea of the steps you need to take to prevent the most likely kinds of collisions. If you are involved in a crash, you still have an opportunity to file a claim and hold the other driver accountable for their actions.