Head-on collisions are one of the worst types of car accidents. A head-on collision occurs when the front of one vehicle collides with the front of another vehicle, “head-on.” This type of accident often results in one or more fatalities of the occupants of the vehicles involved. A front end or head-on collision is the most common type of crash that results in fatalities. While many accidents occur after a driver loses control, many head-on collisions are the result of DWI drunk drivers or drowsy, fatigued drivers.
Although the number of head-on collision car accidents in the United States each year is a small percentage of the overall number of collisions, they disproportionately result in fatalities. The reason for this is the physics involved. When a car traveling 50 miles per hour in one direction hits another car head-on, traveling in the opposite direction at 50 miles per hour, the impact is equivalent to a vehicle hitting a concrete wall at 100 miles per hour. Therefore, the results of a head-on collision can be devastating even at relatively low speeds.
A major cause of head-on collisions is driver inattentiveness such as a driver texting or talking on a cell phone or by distractions from other occupants in the vehicle. We often also see head-on collisions resulting from drivers fleeing from law enforcement officers or intoxicated drivers mistakenly driving the wrong way and into oncoming traffic.
Head-on collisions also occur with commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers and result from failure to maintain the vehicle, or driver inexperience or error. Regardless of the types of vehicles involved or cause, the results of a head-on collision can be devastating to those involved. We often see traumatic brain injuries and/or severely broken bones and other serious and catastrophic injuries in persons involved in head-on collisions. Many of these types of accidents result in death to the vehicles’ occupants.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a head-on collision, it is important to contact injury trial lawyer Michael P. Fleming immediately. The process of pursuing a claim against an at-fault and negligent driver can be long and complicated. You need the experienced personal injury attorneys at Michael P. Fleming and Associates on your side.