Fender-bender and rear-end collisions tend to be the most common accidents people get involved in, and while we want to avoid accidents at all costs, studies show they are not nearly as dangerous or devastating as head-on collisions. Head-on collisions only account for 2% of all accidents, but they cause 10% of all accident fatalities.
Approximately 1 out of every 50 automobile accidents in the United States are head-on collisions. This number might seem low, but since the majority of them occur on freeways and because of the energy exerted in these types of crashes, head-on collisions are the most likely type of car accident to result in death or serious injury.
Causes of Head-on Collision Accidents
Head-on collisions can occur for many reasons, from negligence of another driver, to uncontrollable mother nature. Because of the high fatality and injury rates, it’s important to know all of the possible causes in order to stay as safe as possible. Causes include:
- Drivers who disobey traffic signals
- Failing to use blinkers when turning
- Taking a corner at a fast speed
- Turning into the path of on-coming traffic
- A motorist falling asleep while behind the wheel
- Making a wide turn around a blind bend
- Failure to follow road signs
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Low visibility due to poor weather conditions
- Tire blowouts
- Construction and altered traffic patterns
- Debris, animals or other obstacles on the road
Injuries from Head-on Collisions
Just like any other accident, there is a very good chance you can sustain injury in a head-on collision. However, the most common injury due to a rear-end collision is whiplash, whereas in a head-on collision, the injuries tends to be much worse. Injuries include:
- Brain Injury
- Head Injury
- Disc Herniation or Bulge
- Nerve Damage
- Fractured Bones
Who is Responsible for a Head-On Collision Accident?
Determining who is at fault for a head-on collision can get complicated, that’s why it would benefit you to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your individual unique situation.
A negligent driver can be considered anyone who drove in such a way that they did not use reasonable care or caution. However, because Florida is a no-fault state, your own insurance company pays for some of your economic losses, up to the limit of your PIP coverage, such as medical bills and lost income, regardless of who caused the accident. Your attorney can help you obtain the compensation from your own insurer for the harm you have suffered regardless of whether the at-fault driver has insurance, as long as you have the mandatory personal injury protection and seek medical attention within 14 days of your accident. They can also assist you in recovering additional damages from your uninsured motorist policy, if you have one, and in personal injury actions in certain cases.
Over 100 deaths occur each day in the U.S. as a result of car, truck, bus and motorcycle accidents. Head-on collisions can cause extreme physical, emotional, and financial damage. While some accidents are unavoidable, understanding the causes and practicing safe road rules can save your life and others.
If you’ve been involved in a head-on collision, please contact one of our personal injury attorneys at Hancock Injury Attorneys for a no obligation case consultation. We represent clients on a contingency fee, meaning that if we don’t recover damages, they don’t pay us.