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How do head-on collisions happen?

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Head-on collisions rank among the most dangerous types of vehicular accidents due to the high impact and direct force involved.

When two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide, their combined velocity significantly increases the severity of the impact. Each year in the U.S., head-on collisions cause approximately 14% of traffic-related deaths, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Dangers of head-on collisions

Head-on collisions involve two or more vehicles crashing at high speeds, creating a powerful amount of force on impact. High speeds can lead to particularly destructive crashes.

Flying debris from head-on collisions can lead to serious bruises and cuts. Injuries from these accidents can be catastrophic, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis

Besides physical injuries, victims of head-on collisions often face financial hardships, missed work, property damage, emotional turmoil and mental anguish. In the worst cases, these accidents can lead to fatalities.

Injured parties have the right to file claims for damages, seeking compensation for lost wages, medical bills and mental anguish. In cases of fatalities, family members can file wrongful death claims.

Causes of head-on collisions

Driving while distracted significantly increases the risk of a head-on collision. Texting or using a smart phone while behind the wheel is especially dangerous. A momentary lapse in attention can lead to catastrophic outcomes.

Young or inexperienced drivers are more prone to causing head-on collisions. Poor weather conditions and limited visibility can also lead to drivers losing control and colliding head-on with other vehicles. Fatigue is another critical factor, as tired drivers are at a higher risk of causing accidents.

Aggressive driving behaviors, such as unsafe passing and ignoring traffic rules, contribute to head-on collisions. Speeding, especially when trying to beat traffic lights, can result in accidents. Changes in traffic patterns and road construction can also confuse drivers, leading to head-on collisions.

Head-on crashes often result in serious injuries or fatalities, even at lower speeds. It is important for drivers to understand the dangers of these collisions and take precautions.