Head-on collisions are one of the deadliest types of car accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 7,063 victims were killed in head-on collisions in 2016—making up 57 percent of all fatalities. Those who survive a head-on collision often suffer life-altering injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, back and spinal injuries, paralysis, amputations, and internal organ damage. If you suffered injuries in a head-on crash, you need the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney to hold the negligent driver responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
Major Causes of Head-on Collisions
As with other types of auto crashes, the majority of head-on collisions are caused by driver errors. Some of the main reasons that negligent drivers cause these wrecks include:
- Unsafe passing. When drivers attempt to pass other vehicles in a no passing zone or when they cannot pass safely, a head-on collision can occur.
- Intoxication. When a driver is intoxicated due to alcohol or drug use, his judgment and reaction time are impaired. This can lead him to speed, drive the wrong way on a one-way street or highway entrance or exit ramp, or fall asleep and drift over the center line into oncoming traffic.
- Fatigue. If a driver falls asleep or fights to stay awake, his vehicle can veer over the center line, and he may not be alert enough to take quick action to avoid a crash.
- Weather. When a driver fails to drive at a safe speed for weather conditions, he can lose control of his vehicle and careen into oncoming lanes of traffic.
- Distracted driving. If a driver’s mind and eyes are on texting, talking on his cellphone, or fiddling with his vehicle’s instrument panels, he may not realize that he has crossed the center line.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries after a head-on collision, our skilled attorneys are here to fight with the negligent driver’s insurance company for the compensation you deserve. Start an online chat to schedule your free initial consultation to learn about your legal options.