Maryland Auto Accident Attorneys: Common Types of Car Accidents

When people think of car accidents, they think of two cars colliding with each other. These are the kind of accidents that stop traffic and cause us to pause and look on the highway as we ride by. However, according to a recent study, two-car accidents account for less than half of the incidents reported to insurance companies. So what exactly are the most common types of car accidents?

In its study, CarInsurance.com reviewed more than 42,000 insurance quotes for collision, comprehensive and liability coverage for single-vehicle policies. According to the study, more than one-third of the accidents involved incidents like weather damage, vandalism, road debris and hitting animals or a parked car. Here is how the types of car accidents broke down:

  • 22.7 percent — hit another car
  • 22.2 percent — another car hit me
  • 7.9 percent — a single-car accident
  • 5.8 percent — an act of nature
  • 5.4 percent — hit a tree or parked car
  • 5.0 percent — the car was hit while parked
  • 2.9 percent — debris or other non-accident damage, such as a pothole
  • 2.4 percent — vandalism
  • 2.4 percent — hit an animal
  • 2.2 percent — damage to a windshield or other glass
  • 1.5 percent — theft of the car or car parts
  • 0.4 percent — struck a pedestrian

The numbers show that accidents can happen and that cars can be damaged in many ways and not just in a two-car accident. The roads can be unpredictable. Drivers should be aware of all of their surroundings while operating a vehicle. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, contact a skilled Maryland auto accident attorney at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. for legal advice.