Head-on collisions are some of the most destructive accidents that occur and victims often sustain traumatic injuries.
Also called lane-departure or road-departure accidents, head-on collisions happen when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other front bumper to front bumper. Even when such an accident occurs at a lower speed, the vehicles’ occupants can sustain severe injuries due to the force exerted on both cars by the forward motion against each other followed by rapid deceleration.
There are several causes of head-on collisions such as:
- Bad weather conditions
- Improper passing of another vehicle
- Veering into another lane due to drowsiness or distractions
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- Construction zone detours
Types of Injuries
Even though head-on collisions only account for two percent of all auto accidents in the United States, they result in ten percent of the fatalities. The types of injuries sustained depend on the speed of the vehicles and what type of safety devices, such as seat belts, were in use. The most severe injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken or crushed bones
- Deep lacerations (these can cause rapid blood loss or infection)
Victims of head-on collisions may be entitled to receive compensation to cover the costs of:
- Present and future medical costs
- Loss of present and future wages
- Vehicle and home modifications
If you have sustained injuries in an auto accident, please contact us. Should you have a valid claim, our attorneys will fight hard on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve.