Wednesday, June 21, 2017

5 Common Auto Collision Accidents & Tips to Avoid Them

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– There are many ways that your vehicle can be damaged on the road through accidents and collisions. Because each accident and each car involved is different, there are unique maintenance costs and timeframes for repair. Any accident or collision can be scary, time consuming, and costly, which is why we want to help you avoid it! We've put together a list of 5 common auto collision accidents & tips to avoid them to help keep you, your passengers, and your vehicle safe on the road!

5 Common Auto Collision Accidents & Tips to Avoid Them

1. Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are some of the most common accidents that happen on the road. Depending on how fast the rear-ender is going, repairs can be little to none, or very costly. If you're the rear-ender, you might have more damage to critical components, while the rear-ended vehicle will have more body damage. Michigan is a no-fault insurance state, which means your personal insurance will cover some-all of the cost of your damage repair. How can you avoid this situation? Stay alert and follow other cars at an appropriate distance based on the speed your traveling. Distractions as small as switching the radio station can take your eyes away from the road, making you more prone to accidents, especially if you're following close behind. 

2. Side-Impact Collisions

Side-impact collisions are also known as "T-Bone" and "broadside" collisions. A side-impact collision is when the side of a vehicle is hit by the front of another vehicle or an object. While the damages may vary depending on what angle the car hits at and how fast each vehicle is going, these collisions can be expensive and extremely dangerous. Many of these collisions happen in intersections, so slow down and pay extra attention to other driver's movements as you go through, even when the light is green!

3. Single Car Accidents

A single car accident is exactly as it sounds and only involves one car. These types of accidents can lead to property damage and injury, as well as damage to various parts of your vehicle depending on the situation. These accidents regularly occur in Michigan due to animal crossings and slippery roads during the winter, but mostly occur because drivers aren't paying attention or aren't fully aware of their surroundings. To avoid these situations, utilize your windows and mirrors to the fullest and always check to see what's around your vehicle before making an action. When the road conditions are bad, or there are animals out and about, slow down and pay attention. 

4. Vehicle Rollover

A vehicle rollover is a more extreme type of collision that occurs when a vehicle flips over on its side or the roof. These are usually caused by extremely sharp turns at very high speeds, or by hitting an object that can make the vehicle go airborne. While every vehicle has the potential to be involved in a rollover accident, SUVs are much more likely to end up in rollover accidents due to their height and center of gravity. Always slow down when turning and stay within your lane to avoid these types accidents, especially if you're in a taller vehicle or are turning sharply. 

5. Sideswipe Collisions

Sideswipe collisions usually take place when two parallel cars make contact and 'swipe' each other. This is caused when one driver doesn't pay attention to their blind spots, or is aimlessly drifting on the highway. These accidents can happen with both vehicles traveling the same direction or the opposite direction, too. Depending on the speed and angle of collision, the cost of repair varies, but most of the damage will be on the body of the vehicles. To avoid these collisions, pay attention to the cars around you and avoid being close to cars that are drifting into others' lanes. 

We hope this guide on 5 common auto collision accdients & tips to avoid them helps you drive with more awareness and caution on the road! While it's impossible to predict the behaviors of other drivers, maintaining safe and cautious driving behaviors yourself will minimize your chances of ending up in an accident. If you find yourself in an accident and need someone to lean on, you can feel confident in getting accident assistance from the team at our Collision Center, located at our Chevrolet dealership. We provide towing, rental vehicles, communication with your insurance company, and confidence throughout the repair process. 

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