When the front end of one car collides with the front-end of another vehicle, the event is called a head-on collision. While head-on collision only account for about 2% of accidents, about 10% of fatalities involve a head-on collision accident. Head-on collisions often cause very serious injuries.
Understanding the Two Types of Head-On Collision Accidents
Most head-on collisions can be attributed to some element of negligence on the part of one or more drivers. A head-on collision can occur two different ways: (1) a lane-departure accident where the driver fails to stay in their lane and ventures into oncoming traffic; and (2) a wrong-way driving accident where a driver enters a freeway via the off ramp exit instead of the on-ramp entrance, or makes an illegal turn onto a one-way street.
Causes of Head-On Collision Accidents
The most frequent cause of lane-departure head-on collisions are driver distraction, falling asleep at the wheel, sudden swerving to avoid debris or a stopped vehicle, or unsafe passing. There are countless reasons a driver can become distracted, including texting and driving, e-mailing on a blackberry, or talking on the cell phone, eating, paying attention to children or other passengers, and poor visibility due to sun or weather conditions. Drinking and driving or driving under the influence of alcohol can also contribute to a driver losing control of a vehicle, drifting into oncoming traffic, and striking a car head-on. Falling asleep at the wheel is another potential cause.
Injuries from Head-On Collision Accidents
As a general rule, the faster the vehicles are travelling before a head-on collision, the greater the risk of serious injury or death. The impact of two vehicles striking each other while travelling 50 mph is the same as a car travelling 100 mph striking a parked car. Head-on collision injuries may include bone fractures, internal injuries, hemorrhaging and contusions, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries or death. If the driver or occupants are not wearing a seat-belt, ejection may occur. Also, the basic laws of physics apply. If a passenger vehicle collides head-on with a 18-wheeler semi-truck, the impact will be greater for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Head-On Collision Lawsuits and Settlements
If you are hurt in a head-on collision, or if a member of your family died in a head-on crash in California, you have legal rights. Contact an experienced California personal injury attorney for a review of your head-on collision accident and your rights to compensation. You may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your personal injuries, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Contact a competent California accident lawyer to discuss your rights to compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one - most offer a free consultation.
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