Accidents happen. According to the most recent data from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, there were nearly 8,000 motor vehicle collisions reported in Tulsa County in 2021 alone. For reference, that is an average of approximately 21 accidents every day. Traffic collisions happen for a wide range of different reasons. At McGuire Law Firm, our Tulsa auto accident attorney provides an overview of the most common types of motor vehicle collisions in the region.

Single Vehicle Crashes

Single-vehicle crashes are a relatively common occurrence in Tulsa. A comprehensive report from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates that half of all motor vehicle collisions in the country are single-car crashes. Most often, these accidents happen when a car leaves the road and/or strikes a stationary object. These accidents can result from driver distraction, driver fatigue, vehicle defects, roadway defects, or adverse weather conditions. Even after a single-vehicle crash in Tulsa, you may have a claim for compensation.

Rear-End Collisions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 50% of multi-vehicle crashes (25% of all crashes) are rear-end collisions. These occur when one vehicle crashes into the back of another—most often due to following too closely or failing to notice a sudden stop. In Tulsa’s busy stop-and-go traffic—especially during rush hour—rear-end collisions are a significant risk. Every rear-end collision requires a comprehensive investigation. The rear-driver is usually at fault. However, that liability is not automatic in Oklahoma. 

Sideswipe Accidents

Sideswipe accidents happen when two vehicles traveling in the same direction collide side by side. In Tulsa, these accidents most often occur on multi-lane roads where drivers attempt to change lanes without properly checking their blind spots. As an example, a driver might not see another vehicle in the adjacent lane and sideswipe it while merging. A driver who makes an unsafe merge or is otherwise negligent can be held legally responsible for a sideswipe crash. 

Pedestrian Collisions

Unfortunately, pedestrians face a significant public safety risk. Oklahoma is consistently one of the worst states for pedestrian safety. These accidents usually occur when a driver fails to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks or when pedestrians cross the street outside of designated areas. When pedestrian accidents happen, the consequences can be catastrophic. According to data from Walk Bike Tulsa, “Tulsa pedestrians involved in a collision are nine times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than someone in a car.

T-Bone Crashes 

T-bone crashes (side-impact collisions) happen when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another. These accidents are most common at intersections in Tulsa. In most cases, a t-bone accident happens because at least one driver violated a traffic safety regulation—such as running a stop sign, running a red light, or failing to yield the right of way. As an example, a driver in Tulsa might try to speed through a yellow light and hit another car crossing the intersection. T-bone crashes can cause serious injuries due to the limited protection on the sides of cars. Every T-bone accident requires a comprehensive investigation by an experienced Tulsa auto accident lawyer. 

Rollover Collisions

Rollover collisions are among the most severe, dangerous types of accidents. They occur when a vehicle tips over onto its side or roof. In Tulsa, rollovers can happen due to high-speed driving, sharp turns, or collisions with other vehicles. Notably, the high center of gravity in larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks makes them more susceptible to rollovers. Drivers in Tulsa should practice safe driving habits, including limiting speed around curves and avoiding sudden maneuvers. 

Head-On Accidents

Head-on accidents, where two vehicles collide front-to-front, are often catastrophic. These accidents can occur when a driver crosses the center line or drives the wrong way on a one-way street. For example, a driver might fall asleep at the wheel and drift into oncoming traffic. Head-on collisions usually result in severe injuries or fatalities due to the high-impact forces involved. Tulsa drivers must stay alert, avoid distractions, and comply with traffic safety regulations. Notably, a disproportionate share of head-on collisions are linked to drunk driving or drugged driving. 

Set Up a Free Consultation With Our Tulsa, OK Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

At McGuire Law Firm, our Tulsa car crash lawyers fight aggressively for justice. If you were hurt in any type of crash, we are here to help. Reach out to us by phone or contact us online to arrange your no-cost, no obligation initial appointment. We handle motor vehicle accident claims in Tulsa, Tulsa County, and all across the region.