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:
When drivers attempt to pass other vehicles in a no passing zone or when they cannot pass safely, a head-on collision can occur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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