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Top 5 Types of Car Accidents

Car accidents happen every day and for many reasons. You may have even already been involved in an accident while driving through Waterloo on your daily commute. While experience behind the wheel will help you avoid accidents, so will knowing what kinds of accidents are most common and how you can avoid them.

The following information can help you and your family to avoid becoming victims of a motor vehicle accident. Read below for a description of common car collisions and tips to stay safe.

Rear-end collisions

When you get hit from behind by another driver, this is a rear-end collision. This type of accident makes up approximately 29 percent of all car wrecks. Rear-end collisions typically occur because the driver responsible for the wreck was engaging in another activity other than driving. In other words, the driver behind you was distracted. In order to avoid this driver, pay attention to what is going on around you, and be prepared to maneuver out of an unsafe situation. Even if you are sitting at a stoplight, keep an eye on your rear-view mirror because you never know when that distracted driver will not stop in time.

Collision with a parked car

Just because you are parked on the side of the road or in a parking lot, it does not mean you are safe from other drivers. It only takes a second of looking away or unawareness of the dimensions of the vehicle to hit a parked car. Be careful when you park your car, especially when opening the door. Be mindful of drivers moving through the area that might not be paying attention.

Water hazards

Things become even more dangerous on the road when the weather conditions turn bad. When a car drives through standing water too fast, the vehicle can easily hydroplane. This can cause the driver to lose control and result in an accident. When there is water on the road, take your time, and drive slowly. Not only will this help you avoid hydroplaning, but it can also limit your chances of becoming a victim of a driver that is reckless during less than optimal weather conditions.


In the city, you may have to dodge the occasional squirrel, dog or cat. However, in the country, the wildlife you may encounter can be much larger and cause more damage. Be sure to watch for what might run out in front of you, especially at dawn or dusk when wildlife is more active. By staying alert, you can more easily spot these hazards and be prepared for the reactions of drivers that might suddenly swerve into your lane in an effort to dodge an animal.


Side-impacts, or T-bones, typically occur when a driver runs a stoplight or stop sign. In order to avoid a side-impact collision, never jump a green light and always come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Take the time to look both ways and check for traffic before you enter an intersection.

By understanding the most common types of car accidents, you have a better chance of staying safe while on the road. Next time you are behind the wheel, remember the tips above and increase your chances of avoiding an accident. 

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Ball, Kirk & Holm today to discuss your injuries and get started pursuing a claim.