Head-on Crashes

For those driving as well as for those riding in motor vehicles, the prospect of being involved in a head-on crash (collision) can be nerve-wracking. Unlike other types of collisions, a head on crash, especially at a high rate of speed, often leads to catastrophic injuries as well as death compared to other types of crashes.

This is especially the case for those who are situated in the front of a vehicle, because they are the first individuals to experience most of the impact of the opposing incoming vehicle. Even when not at fault, the reality is that even when one drives cautiously, he or she can still fall victim to such collisions because of the reckless or negligent behavior of other motorists.

non fatal head on crash
Example of a non-fatal head-on collision

Behaviors that result in head-on crashes can include, among other actions, the following:

  • Faulty traffic
  • Older drivers
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Failure to maintain vehicle control
  • Fatigued driving
  • Improper passing
  • Driving under the influence
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Disobey traffic signs and signals

Sometimes, weather and road conditions are partially to blame for head-on collisions. Foggy weather can create poor visibility, or a vehicle defect like a wheel going out due to a malfunction. The most common types of injuries in head-on crashes that do not result in death are:

  • Airbag injuries
  • Back & neck injuries
  • Bone fractures Brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Dental injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash

It should be noted that while head-on crashes are increasingly rare, they are often the most devastating type of motor vehicle accident. Our auto accident lawyers can advise you on a case by case basis in head-on collision accidents.

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