Various types of vehicle accidents are dangerous, but head-on collisions are especially serious. According to the Federal Highway Administration, wrong-way driving collisions kill an average of 300 to 400 people each year.
Why Head-On Collisions Occur
For motorists to be involved in a head-on collision, a driver or mechanical error must occur. Head-on collisions can happen for any reason, but some of the most frequent causes include:
- Confusion over one-way roads. If a driver is unfamiliar with the road he is traveling on, he may wind up heading in the wrong direction.
- Distracted driving. Drivers can veer into the wrong lane when they become distracted by cell phone use, eating, or drinking.
- Fatigue. Drowsiness is a frequent cause of head-on collisions. Falling asleep at the wheel can cause a driver to lose control of his vehicle, and quickly stray from his intended lane.
- Impaired driving. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can cause a driver to become disoriented, and swerve into a lane of oncoming traffic.
- Improper passing. Impatient drivers may cross the double yellow line in an attempt to pass, colliding with oncoming vehicles.
- Road hazards. Debris in the road, potholes, or cracks can cause a driver to swerve or lose control, leading to a head-on collision.
Seek Medical Attention
If you’ve been injured in a head-on collision, you should seek medical attention immediately. Injuries sustained in head-on collisions frequently include:
- Head and neck injuries. Due to the tremendous impact forces caused by a head-on collision, serious head and neck injuries are common.
- Cuts and bruises. Shattered glass and jagged metal from a head-on collision often leads to cuts and bruises.
- Death. Unfortunately, serious head-on collisions frequently are fatal.
Damages You May Recover in a Head-On Collision
If you’ve been a victim of a head-on collision, you may be able to recover for:
- Past, current, and future medical costs.
- Past, current, and future lost wages.
- Property damage.
- Pain and suffering.
You Need an Attorney
Unfortunately, since the speed of two vehicles is combined when they strike each other, head-on collisions can cause a tremendous amount of damage and can result in serious injury. If you’ve been hurt in a head-on collision, you need an experienced attorney to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.