Head-on collisions, also known as frontal crashes, are generally considered to be the most dangerous kind of car accident. These crashes occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other.
Head-on collisions tend to cause more catastrophic injuries and fatalities than other automobile collisions. These collisions are more severe because the force of the impact is doubled due to the traveling speed of each vehicle during the collision.
Causes of Head-On Collisions
These collisions usually happen when one driver ends up on the wrong side of the road and strikes oncoming traffic. This can be caused by impaired driving, distracted driving, or reckless driving. It can also occur as a result of unsafe passing, driver fatigue, or driver confusion (i.e. driving the wrong way on a one-way street or entering the highway in the wrong direction).
Other causes that can contribute to head-on collisions are hazards on the road, and inclement weather. Many of these crashes are more likely to occur in rural areas, at high speed, and at night. When these accidents do happen, the injuries are typically very severe.
Head-On Collision Statistics
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), only 2% of automobile collisions are head-on collisions, but they account for around 10% of driving fatalities.
Also, according to the DOT, 75% of all head-on collisions occur on rural roads, such as two lane roads.
Possible Damages Recoverable
If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a head-on collision caused by another driver’s negligence, compensation may be available for the following damages:
- Hospital & doctor bills
- The cost of future medical care related to the accident
- Lost wages and future lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for disability or disfigurement
North Carolina Automobile Collision Attorneys
Maginnis Howard’s lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard is experienced in handling complex cases including those involving victims who have suffered injuries in head-on collisions.
All personal injury matters are handled on a contingency basis – meaning that you do not pay any attorneys’ fee unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf. You can contact us at 919.526.0450. Email inquiries may be sent to email@example.com utilizing our contact page.