Head-on collisions, when the front on two motor vehicles collide, are some of the deadliest types of accidents. In fact, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head on collisions account for only about 2.3 percent of all motor vehicle accidents but almost 10 percent of fatal auto accidents. *source
Accident analyzations find that most times, these crashes are caused by:
- Excessive speed or driving too fast for road conditions
- Distracted driving
- Driving the wrong way
- Failed passing maneuvers
- Failing asleep/driver fatigue
- Alcohol use
- Drug use *source
In fact, only 23 percent of these accidents happened while drivers were negotiating curves, the vast majority, 68 percent, happened while the vehicle was heading straight. A typical scenario this type of accident would be a driving falling asleep and drifting into the oncoming lane of traffic, or a distracted driver jerking the wheel to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of them then losing control and careening into oncoming traffic.
Injuries Sustained when Two Vehicles Collide
About 102,000 head on collisions occurred in 2014, with 2,866 of them being fatal collisions, and 62,000 resulting in injury. The injuries sustained when two vehicles slam together, head-first, can be absolutely devastating. The magnitude of injuries when the collision involved a passenger car and large truck or semi can be catastrophic. Even at lower rates of speed front-end collisions can result in devastating injuries including:
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injury
- Bone Fractures and breaks
- Crush injuries
- Organ damage
Because of the severity of the injuries typically seen in head-on crashes, victims may not be able to work for an extended period of time while they recuperate. Sometimes the injuries are so severe in these accidents that victims may be permanently disabled. The medical bills for these types of injuries can be financially overwhelming, and can continue to build for years as the victims endures long-term therapy and medical care. Unfortunately, many accident victims don’t realize they have rights that allow them recover financial compensation for the costs of their medical care and the wages they lost because of their injuries.
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