According to the latest data from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, there were 50,304 confirmed motor vehicle crashes in the state in 2021. Even the safest, most attentive of drivers in our region could still get caught up in a serious crash through no fault of their own. At McGuire Law Firm, we handle all types of motor vehicle collision cases. Below, our Oklahoma City auto accident attorney highlights the most common types of car crashes in Oklahoma. 

Single Vehicle Crashes

The majority of crashes in Oklahoma are single-vehicle accidents. The Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates that 55% of all motor vehicle collisions nationwide are single-vehicle incidents. Single-vehicle crashes can occur for a wide variety of different reasons. Most often, these crashes happen when an automobile strikes a stationary object, such as a tree, utility pole, or guardrail. A single-vehicle crash can also happen when a car veers off the road. If you are involved in a one-car crash in Oklahoma, you should not assume that you are without options. Consult with an Oklahoma car accident lawyer who has experience handling single-vehicle accident claims. 

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of multi-vehicle crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 50% of multi-vehicle accidents are rear-end collisions. These are crashes that occur when one vehicle strikes the back of another. The most common causes of rear-end collisions include speeding, tailgating, sudden stops, and distracted driving. While most rear-end crashes are caused by the rear driver, that is not automatically assumed under Oklahoma law. Rear-end accidents can result in serious injuries, including whiplash and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). If you were hurt in a rear-end collision, an attorney can help. 

Sideswipe Accidents

A sideswipe accident is a type of crash that happens when the sides of two parallel vehicles touch/collide. As with other types of collisions, these are accidents that can happen for a wide range of different reasons. That being said, sideswipe crashes are often the result of a driver attempting to change lanes without noticing a nearby vehicle. The crashes are largely preventable. Simple safe driving practices such as using turn signals, checking blind spots, and maintaining lane discipline can help to avoid these collisions. If you or your loved one was involved in a sideswipe crash, an Oklahoma auto accident attorney can help. 

T-Bone Accidents

T-Bone accidents—or, as it is sometimes referred to, a side-impact collision—are types of crashes that occur when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another. These accidents are most common in intersections. T-bones can happen from failure to yield, the running red lights, the running of stop signs, and a driver’s misjudgment of another vehicle’s speed. T-Bone accidents can cause serious injuries due to the limited protection provided by the car’s side. Were you involved in a T-bone accident? Contact an Oklahoma auto accident lawyer for a free consultation. 

Rollover Accidents

Rollovers are among the most dangerous types of motor vehicle crashes. They involve a vehicle flipping over onto its side or roof. Rollovers are fundamentally violent crashes. They can happen when vehicles take exceptionally sharp turns at high speeds when collisions with other vehicles or when a motorist loses control on a slippery road. That being said, modern vehicles are supposed to be manufactured with anti-rollover safety features that reduce the risk. Notably, rollovers are most common in SUVs and pickup trucks. The higher the center of gravity on a vehicle, the higher the risk of a rollover crash. If you were involved in a rollover, an experienced Oklahoma car crash attorney can help. 

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions can be catastrophic, even deadly. They happen when the fronts of two vehicles hit each other. Most often, these accidents result from drivers entering a road or lane going the wrong direction. Impaired driving—whether it is drunk driving or drugged driving—dramatically heightens the risk of a head-on collision. If you or your loved one was involved in a head-on crash, contact an Oklahoma car accident attorney for a free consultation. 

Contact Our Oklahoma City Car Crash Lawyer Today

At McGuire Law Firm, our Oklahoma auto accident attorney puts the rights of victims and families first. Hurt in a crash? Reach out to us by phone or contact us online for your free, no-strings-attached case review. Our firm handles motor vehicle accident claims in Oklahoma City and throughout the surrounding area, including Edmond, Del City, Moore, Norman, and Midwest City.