Understanding Head-on Collision Accidents
It only takes a fraction of a second for a head-on collision to occur… but the repercussions can last for a lifetime.
Has a reckless driver caused you and your family a lot of pain? Are you in dire need of financial support because of medical bills and other expenses? Do you want justice but don’t have the money to pay for an attorney?
What is a head-on Collision?A head-on collision is a traffic collision where the front ends of two vehicles such as cars, trains, ships or planes hit each other in opposite directions, as opposed to a side collision or rear-end collision.
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What Are the Common Causes of Head-On Collisions?
While head-on collision accidents can be caused by a variety of different factors, the most common one is human error.
A head-on collision usually happens when a motor vehicle goes over a centerline and hits an oncoming motorist. In addition, a head-on collision can happen when a driver pursues driving in the wrong direction, while travelling down a road.
Other reasons a head-on collision can occur include but are not limited to, driving while under the influence, passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway or street, swerving between lanes because of construction or a stopped vehicle, defects in the road, motor vehicle malfunction, and speeding.
Nonetheless, head-on collisions that happen on highways are usually the most dangerous, due to the high velocity of the motor vehicles involved.
Ultimately, every driver has a legal duty to follow the rules of the road and look out for the safety of other people. When someone fails in this duty and causes a crash as a result of his or her negligence, he or she can be held liable for all resulting damages. The more common reasons head-on crashes occur include the following:
- Fatigue and sleepiness driving
- Cell phone usage and other distractions – distracted driving
- Slower reflexes incurred by old age
- Collateral accidents, or crashes involving multiple vehicles
- Drunk or drugged driving
Outside factors, such as faulty traffic signals or defective vehicle parts, can contribute to head-on collisions as well. These cases are generally more complex because they often involve claims against powerful parties, like government entities and auto manufacturers. In any case, you should consult with a qualified personal injury attorney who can help you establish cause, liability and can successfully take-on cases against such large organizations on your behalf.
Head-On Collision Injuries
Although head-on collisions don’t happen very often, they usually inflict catastrophic injuries or can cause multiple fatalities. Due to the high degree of the powerful forces involved, passengers and drivers of vehicles in a head-on crash can likely incur catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries, which can result in permanent paralysis.
Other injuries frequently associated with head-on collisions include several internal injuries and fractured bones throughout the body.
The weight and velocity of the vehicles involved in a head-on collision have a substantial impact on bodily and property damage.
In incidents with trucks and other heavy vehicles entering the oncoming lane, the magnitude of the larger vehicle colliding with a medium or small passenger vehicle will usually inflict catastrophic injuries to the passengers of the standard vehicle or even cause multiple fatalities.
It is imperative to consult with an attorney with comprehensive knowledge of the physics associated with a head-on collision. With several years of experience successfully settling cases for passengers and drivers involved in head-on collisions, the attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm got what it takes to win your case.
Head-On Collision Facts
Given that drivers have much more open space in rural areas, less restrictions and the ability to go off-roading, it’s not surprising that head-on collisions occur much more frequently in rural areas.
Urban area roadways are much more regulated and have many one-way streets that make the likelihood of a head-on collision occurring dismal. And, recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration support this argument.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head-on collisions are much more common in rural areas, comprising of up to 13 percent of all rural fatal motor vehicle accidents. While head-on crashes make up for roughly less than 7 percent of all urban roadway fatalities.
In addition, government reports indicate that head-on collisions only include 2 percent of annual car accidents in the U.S. (approximately 123,000 crashes). And, head-on collisions are responsible for 10% of US fatal crashes every year.
Winning Your Claim
To prove that the driver’s negligence caused the collision and your injuries, you must have a preponderance of evidence against the other driver. In other words, you must have enough evidence to show that it’s more likely than not the other driver was at fault.
At Wilshire Law Firm, our resourceful attorneys know how to build and strengthen claims through investigation and strategy. We can help you get the evidence you need to win your case by:
- Obtaining and analyzing police and medical reports
- Gathering statements from witnesses
- Consulting with accident reconstruction specialists, medical experts, and other relevant professionals
Evidence tends to fade with time, so it is extremely important that you get started on your claim as soon as possible. If you let too much time pass by, you may significantly weaken your claim and lose out on much needed monetary compensation.
We Have the Credentials
At Wilshire Law Firm, we don’t just have years of experience under our belts, we also have the results to show for it. On behalf of our clients, we have secured numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. If you need an attorney who can help you achieve maximum recovery, contact our office today for a free consultation.
Last Updated: 03-17-2017