Head-on collisions most often occur when a vehicle crosses over a centerline or a median and crashes into an approaching vehicle. They also occur when a driver travels the wrong way in a traffic lane, enters an exit ramp, attempting to pass on a two-way road, cresting a hill or due to confusing roadway construction signs. No matter the cause, the force of two multi-thousand pound motor vehicles, each moving in the opposite direction, multiples the force of the impact significantly. The results are devastating and violent.
These types of collisions are often due to distracted driving and driver inattention, fatigued drivers who drift into oncoming lanes of traffic, speeding, driver intoxication or dangerous road conditions such as lack of a median.
While they account for only 2% of all motor vehicle collisions, they cause 10% of all crash fatalities. Because of the magnitude of the forces involved in these types of collisions, occupants can sustain severe, life-threatening injuries resulting in traumatic brain damage, paraplegia and quadriplegia and internal injuries.
The use of seat belts, air bags and padded auto interiors helps to lessen the severity of these collisions; these types of crashes still cause more damage than other types of collisions.
The weight difference between the colliding vehicles also matters and it is important that your head-on collision lawyer understand the physics involved in these crashes and how speed and weight differences can predict the resulting injuries.
In cases where a large truck or other heavy vehicle strikes a smaller car head-on, the injuries will often be life-altering and permanent.
In order to prove the other driver at fault in these crashes, it is necessary to work with accident reconstructionists and biomechanical engineers to prove negligence.
Due to the severity of expected injuries, it is equally important to work with experts in a variety of medical fields and economic fields to present a victim’s damages over the course of a lifetime to ensure adequate compensation.
The most common types of injuries from head-on collisions include head and brain injuries, neck and back injuries, chest injuries from deploying air bags, fractures, amputation of limbs and even death. The intensity of these crashes can result in a catastrophic outcome for the occupants of the vehicles involved. Head-on crashes are also emotionally traumatic for victims due to the awareness of the impending crash moments before impact.
Head-on collisions are one of the most devastating types of crashes because of the likelihood for severe injuries and fatalities. We understand this and work tirelessly to make the responsible party pay for the damages they cause. Head-on collisions are almost always preventable and we are dedicated to proving the responsible driver negligent and obtaining adequate compensation for the damages they cause.