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What Are the Causes of Head-On Collisions?

Our Cincinnati Car Accident Lawyers at Wolterman Law Office Represent Victims of Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions are, without a doubt, some of the most devastating and destructive accidents, often resulting in massive property damage and severe injuries and fatalities. Fortunately, these accidents are rare. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head-on collisions account for only about two percent of all car accidents in the United States.

The majority of head-on collisions are caused by driver negligence. This means that the accident and the resulting injuries and fatalities could have been prevented if the negligent motorist had obeyed the rules of the road.

A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other. Often, this happens when a car crosses over the centerline of a road or highway and enters a lane of oncoming traffic. These accidents are particularly destructive since both vehicles usually drive at a high speed. The following are examples of some of the most common causes of head-on collisions:

  • Distracted driving: Any time a driver’s attention is off the road for even a few seconds, there is an increased risk of a serious accident. If the driver is distracted by a phone call, a text message, or another passenger in the vehicle, they can drift into another traffic lane. If another vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, this can have devastating consequences.
  • Reckless driving: Examples of reckless driving include tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, and disregarding traffic signals, all of which increase the risk of a tragic head-on collision.
  • Impaired driving: Drugs and alcohol can cause a range of impairments, including reduced motor skills and coordination, slower reaction times, and compromised judgment. Impaired drivers are more likely to drift into oncoming traffic.
  • Drowsy driving: This can be just as dangerous as impaired driving, mainly if the motorist has not slept for over 24 hours. While falling asleep at the wheel can have tragic consequences, even feeling slightly drowsy can cause slower reaction times, significantly increasing the risk of a head-on collision.
  • Failure to yield: All motorists are expected to follow the rules of the road, which includes yielding to the right of way. If a motorist is driving the wrong way, it likely means they did not yield to the driver going the right way.
  • Improper passing: A head-on collision can also occur when drivers misjudge the time they have to safely pass on a two-lane road or if they pass another vehicle while driving in a no-pass zone.
  • Lack of driving experience: Inexperienced drivers are more likely to drive too fast when merging onto a highway or approaching a sharp curve in the road, making them more likely to cross into oncoming traffic. They also lack the experience behind the wheel to safely navigate challenging driving situations.
  • Inclement weather: Rain, fog, snow, and ice can cause hazardous road conditions that may increase the risk of a head-on collision. While motorists cannot control the weather, they are expected to either avoid driving if the weather is causing extremely dangerous road conditions or to use extra caution when driving.
  • Mechanical failures: Certain mechanical issues, such as tire blowouts and malfunctioning brakes, can increase the risk of a head-on collision. All motorists are expected to ensure that their vehicles are maintained and that any necessary repairs are made.

What Injuries Are Caused by Head-On Collisions?

Due to the extreme force of impact associated with a head-on collision, the resulting injuries are often severe. Some of the most common injuries caused by a head-on collision include the following:

  • Severe cuts and lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Blunt-force trauma
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Internal organ damage
  • Severe burns
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

In addition to these serious injuries, head-on collisions often result in tragic fatalities. While head-on crashes only represent approximately two percent of car accidents, they account for roughly ten percent of crash-related deaths. The only thing that makes these tragic losses more devastating is that they could have been prevented if the at-fault driver had obeyed the rules of the road and made safety a top priority.

What Damages Can I Receive if I Am Injured in a Head-On Collision?

If you were involved in a head-on collision, it is unlikely that you walked away with only minor injuries. Injuries tend to be quite severe due to the extreme force of impact. Unfortunately, a head-on collision can cause injuries that require extensive medical intervention, including invasive surgeries, physical therapy, and even long-term care. They can also cause debilitating psychological issues if the trauma from the accident causes you to suffer from PTSD. A successful personal injury claim may include the following damages:

  • All medical expenses associated with your injuries, including hospitalization, surgeries, follow-up treatment, prescription medications, physical therapy, and long-term care.
  • Lost wages if you cannot return to work for an extended period or permanently.
  • Loss of future earning capacity.
  • Property damage.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Diminished quality of life.
  • Disability.
  • Wrongful death damages if the head-on collisions resulted in a fatality.

Our Cincinnati Car Accident Lawyers at Wolterman Law Office Represent Victims of Head-On Collisions

If you or a loved one was severely injured in a head-on collision, do not hesitate to contact our Cincinnati car accident lawyers at Wolterman Law Office. Our team will determine who is responsible for causing the accident, help you navigate the claims process, and pursue the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 513-488-1135 or contact us online. Our office is located in Loveland, Ohio, and we serve clients in Hamilton County, Fairfield, Norwood, and Forest Park.