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Head-On Collisions Are Among the Most Serious Auto Accidents

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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
  • Caregivers
  • 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.

Young Males More Likely to Survive Crashes

Sunday, November 16, 2014

According to a new study, young males have a much higher chance of surviving a head-on accident. Other factors that seem to increase a person's chances of surviving an accident are driving a new vehicle, and driving a large vehicle like an SUV.

The study was conducted by researchers at the School of Public Health at Indiana University, and the findings were presented recently at a meeting of the American Public Health Association. The study's findings were based on an analysis of more than 1,100 head-on accidents. The researchers found that people in the 15- to- 24 age group were involved in 21% of the accidents, but had a fatality rate of 39%, which was among the lowest.

Not surprisingly, the size of the vehicle was another huge factor in determining a person’s chances of survival in a serious head-on accident. People riding in cars were found to be 17 times more likely to die in an accident, compared to those in light trucks. They were also 19 times more likely to die, compared to those in an SUV. Other factors associated with a higher chance of surviving an accident included using seatbelts, airbag deployment during an accident, and driving a newer vehicle.

Many accidents are caused by circumstances beyond our control. There isn't much that you can do to avoid an accident if you're traveling in the direction of a wrong way driver. Accidents are also often caused because of other people's errors and negligent driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while using a cell phone, driving while fatigues and driving while distracted by passengers in the car-all of these increase a person's risk of being involved in an accident significantly. Those behaviors can endanger not only the motorist and the occupants of his car, but also motorists in the vicinity.



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