What is a Head-On Accident?
A head-on accident is a type of motor vehicle collision in which the front end of one vehicle strikes the front end of another. This type of accident occurs when one vehicle travels in the opposite direction of another on roads, highways, and freeways.
Head-on accidents are particularly dangerous because the impact is concentrated in the front of the vehicle, where the engine and passenger compartments are located.
Common Injuries In Head-On Accidents
Even if the driver and passengers wore their seatbelts, injuries resulting from a head-on collision are often catastrophic and severe. Common head-on collision injuries include:
- Amputation or Disfigurement
- Abdominal Bruising
- Neck Damage / Back Damage
- Organ Damage
- Internal Bleeding
- Chest Damage / Ribcage Damage (caused by the airbag or seatbelt)
- Head Damage / Brain Damage (TBI)
- Crushed Legs and Feet
- Broken Bones
In head-on accidents, wrongful death is an unfortunate but common outcome. Not wearing a seatbelt increases the risk of death in this type of collision, as unsecured drivers and passengers may sustain additional injuries or be ejected from the vehicle.
What Causes Head-On Collisions?
Head-on accidents are often seen on rural roads with narrow lanes, poor lighting, and no guardrails or traffic dividers. Unfortunately, no matter where these accidents occur, they are a common cause of severe injury or death due to the location of impact.
Common causes of head-on collisions are:
- Unsafe passing
- Driving the wrong way down a road
- Defective or dangerous roads
- Senior drivers
- Poor weather conditions (rain, fog, etc.)
- Hazardous construction zones
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving (texting and driving)
- Drunk driving
Head-on collisions are often caused by negligence. Negligence is the failure of an individual or entity to exercise reasonable care, including the actions or inactions of another driver, company, government agency, or third party. When negligence is a factor in a car accident, injured parties or their families can pursue legal action by filing a personal injury claim to seek financial compensation for their losses.
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The Brown Firm’s personal injury attorneys have years of experience handling head-on accidents. We offer free consultations to accident victims in Georgia and South Carolina so we can help them start their road to recovery. Call us today at 800-529-1441 for legal help today!
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