In the United States, head-on collisions are the deadliest out of the car accident fatalities.
When two cars are driving towards each other, this results in a head-on collision. One approaching car and a stopped car collide with each other head-on or both cars are moving towards each other without realizing it. The consequences of such collisions between the front parts of both cars can be devastating. In many cases, head-on collisions result in serious injuries and even death. It is important to seek medical attention immediately following a head-on collision accident.
Head-on car accidents can do massive amounts of damage to both your vehicle and the passengers inside. At Krasney Law, our lawyers are quick to fully investigate the scene of your accident in order to properly uncover all of the critical evidence you will need to build a solid case against all negligent parties. Our car accident lawyers know how to obtain compensation for you so you can move on with your life.
FARS Head-On Collision Statistics
For any reason, a head-on collision is caused by the accidental movement of two cars colliding front bumper to front bumper. The driver could have been trying to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road or could have been driving negligently and moved to the lane of traffic coming from the opposite side. In the end, it does not matter, if the driver was negligent they are at fault. Statistics collected by the Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) brings out the following facts:
- They happen most frequently on two-lane roads.
- A small percentage was caused by a driver was trying to pass another vehicle.
- Failure in negotiating a curve on the road is a cause of 23 percent of fatal head-on collisions.
- 75% of all head-on collisions occur on rural roads
The FARS data brings out the fact that many head-on collisions result from unexpected moves of a driver. Some major causes of head-on collisions include:
- Distracted driving
- Not following the speed limit
- Negotiating a curve
- Falling asleep at the wheel
Overcorrection & How It Causes Accidents
While driving on the road you for long periods of time you may have accidentally veered too far to the left or right, resulting in your tires going off the road. This is a terrifying situation that may affect even experienced drivers. Drivers normally pull the steering wheel to the left as a reaction to the situation. This is an impulsive reaction of drivers that may only worsen the situation. In the driving world, there are many situations when overcorrection can cause the vehicle to encroach into the opposing lane and head straight into oncoming traffic, or the vehicle may roll over. In any scenario, it is best to move slow and calmly at all times.
What Are The Common Causes of Head-On Collisions In California?
As with any car accident, there are a number of reasons that can cause the accident. According to the DMV, for head-on collisions some of them include:
- Driver distraction
- Unsafe speed
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Improper turns
- Breaking the right of way laws
- Ignoring stop signs
What to do if you are involved in a collision in California:
- Stop immediately
- Call 9-1-1
- Move your vehicle out of traffic if possible
- Give driver license, insurance and car registration to the other driver and anyone else whos involved.
- You must make a written report to the police
- You must also make a written report to the DMV within 10 days of the collision.
No matter where you are, head-on car accidents can do massive amounts of damage to both your vehicle and the passengers inside resulting in traumatic injuries for both parties. At Krasney Law, we are quick to fully investigate the scene of your car accident in order to properly uncover all of the critical evidence you will need to build a solid case against all negligent parties. Our lawyers know how to obtain legal compensation for you so you can move on with your life and get the help you deserve.
What Are Some Injuries from Head-On Collision?
Every accident is different in its own way. The injuries suffered from a head-on collision are often serious and life-changing. The severity of the accident will be affected by the speed of the vehicles involved and the size of each vehicle. Usually, both vehicles are traveling at fast speeds, causing critical injuries to occupants in both vehicles. Frequent injuries caused by head-on collisions include:
- traumatic brain injury
- Blunt force trauma
- Broken facial bones
- Spinal cord injuries
The most important thing to do after an accident is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In many cases, symptoms of certain injuries do not show immediately and become evident after a few hours or days. No matter the case, even if you feel that you are alright and you do not need medical help, visit your doctor who can check you thoroughly and rule out any internal injuries. Make sure to save all documents made during your medical visits. Bring them when you come to speak with us. All forms are valuable to getting you the correct legal compensation.
Contact Krasney LawAfter A Head-On Collision!
If you or a loved one has been involved in a head-on collision in California, call Krasney Law at (909) 380-7200 or fill out our online contact form. We offer free consultations in all personal injury cases and you never pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.