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What are the Most Common Types of Accidents?

Accidents, though unfortunate, are a part of everyday life and they do tend to occur with alarming frequency. They can take place any time and anywhere. But what truly defines an accident? For any event that one had not planned for or had not anticipated can surely be construed to be an accident?

Tripping over stuff lying around on the floor, slipping in the bathroom, and paper cuts are all examples of everyday accidents. Some can be avoided, while others are too spontaneous to prevent. At times, an accident might entirely be your own fault, while at others you will merely be a hapless victim. You can only file for a claim after an accident if the fault wasn’t your own but someone else’s.

Road Traffic Accidents

Of all the mishaps that occur around the world, road traffic accidents are the most common type of accidents. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, there were an estimated 1.24 million deaths related to road traffic accidents around the world in the year 2010. These accidents can include car crashes, motorcycle accidents, vehicles rolling over or crashing into the landscape, and motor vehicles colliding with pedestrians among others.


Workplace accidents are another type of recurrent misfortune that continues to plague multitudes of people around the world. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), as many as 340 million people suffer from workplace accidents every year around the world. The most common workplace accidents include slipping on wet floors, tripping over things, and falling from heights such as roofs, stairways, and ladders.

Home and Leisure

Our homes are our personal sanctuaries. They are places where we feel the safest and most comfortable. However, a home is also a place where a lot of accidents take place. Most common among accidents at home are fire related ones. Mishaps while cooking or trying to microwave food, ironing clothes, and using the fireplace cause plenty of accidental burns and injuries.

Recreational Activities

People enjoy all sorts of fun and recreational activities, including rides in amusement parks, sports, hiking, trekking, and camping etc. These activities though are a major source of accidents every day, all across the world. Sporting accidents such as slips, trips, and falls are quite recurrent, especially in contact sports such as football and rugby.

Other notable, though thankfully rarer, types of accidents include aeroplane and train crashes, boat and ship mishaps, and incidents involving animals.

Many accidents can be avoided and prevented, saving hundreds of lives each year, with a few basic precautionary measures. If you have been involved in an accident and were injured through someone else’s fault in the last three years, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to win the compensation you deserve. Call us now or try our unique 30-second test™ to find out how much you could be entitled to.