Head-on collisions are the result of two cars that collide into each other, and, while typically rare, these types of crashes can be catastrophic. That's because unlike other types of crashes, the speed of both cars is combined. For example, when two cars each traveling at 40 mph collide, the impact is a combined speed of 80 mph.
In many cases, head-on collisions are fatal. Even when people survive, they end up with serious and potentially life-long injuries. If you were involved in a head-on collision, be sure to consult with an experienced car accident attorney who can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Where do head-on collisions usually occur?
Head-on collisions can happen on any road type, even one-way streets and highways separated by median barriers. They tend to occur most frequently on curvy roads.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head-on collisions account for 13 percent of all fatal crashes on rural roads. They only account for seven percent of fatal crashes on urban roads.
How does human error lead to head-on collisions?
Human error is the leading cause of head-on collisions, as well as all other crash types. This usually includes:
- Distracted driving — Using cellphones and multitasking causes drivers to take their eyes off the roads and hands off the wheel. This can result in poor navigation of curves and crossing centerlines.
- Speeding — Driving too fast can lead to head-on collisions, especially on curvy roads.
- Drunk driving — Alcohol consumption can impair judgment, reaction time, and motor functioning.
- Drowsy driving — Lane drifting can happen when a driver falls asleep.
- Mechanical failure — A driver who fails to fix a mechanical defect may endanger other road users. Mechanical failures aren't always the fault of the driver, however. Sometimes the car parts manufacturer could be responsible.
- Wrong-way driving — Wrong-way driving rarely ever happens, but sometimes, drivers enter the wrong side of a roadway due to alcohol or drug impairment or from simply being lost.
What are the contributing factors in head-on collisions?
Contributing factors aren't necessarily causes. Head-on collisions can occur when certain road conditions and infrastructures aren't navigated with caution. Some examples include:
- Visibility issues caused by heavy rain, fog, or inadequate lighting
- Slippery road conditions caused by snow, ice, rain, and wet leaves
- Roads with frequent curves
- Swerve risks, such as road debris, potholes, and animals crossing the road
How can a car accident attorney help me if I was hurt in a head-on collision?
Some people are lucky enough to walk away from a head-on collision with only minor injuries, but many people are not. At the Scott Law Firm, PLLC , we have seen some devastating injuries from head-on collisions, including:
- Severe traumatic brain injuries
- Multiple bone fractures
- Amputated limbs
- Serious spinal injuries
It can take years to recover from these injuries — some crash victims may never fully recover. That's why our law office is dedicated to helping injured motorists in greater Vancouver, Washington, get the care and financial compensation they need to cover the costs of medical expenses, wage loss, and other damages.
Contact us online or call (800) 477-9044 for your free case evaluation.