How Deadly are Head-on Collision Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and, as explained by car accident lawyers from the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., car crashes, especially head-on collisions, are one of the most serious forms of auto accidents. It often results in life-altering injuries or even wrongful death.
Causes of head-on collisions include: a driver drifting into oncoming traffic; inattention or driving while distracted; driving at excessive speed; making a dangerous passing maneuver; a driver who, knowingly or unknowingly, drives the wrong way on a highway or residential road; driving while intoxicated; or, falling asleep at the wheel. These, as well as many other possible causes of head-on collisions, are often due to negligence or reckless road behavior, which can easily be corrected.
Of the more than five million motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. annually, only about 2% account for head-on collisions; however, these answer for more than 10% of the 32,000+ driving fatalities. Non-fatal head-on collision accidents can most likely result to severe injuries, like spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, broken bones, and paralysis.
The awareness of many drivers about the possible severe consequences of head-on collisions is the major reason why they avoid this type of crashes. Some local governments, on their part, have installed in large highways stretches of steel wire cable to avoid head-on collisions from ever occurring at freeway speeds.
The driver, whose negligence or recklessness caused the head-on collision accident, should be held liable for the consequences of his/her carelessness. However, one major concern regarding this type of accident is the difficulty in determining who really is at fault since the impact can send both vehicles in positions that are different than during the time of impact. Often, it would necessitate an accident reconstruction specialist to determine who was at fault based on the skid marks on the road. The challenge in determining fault and in claiming compensation during litigation (if ever a lawsuit is filed) plus the need to deal with your car insurance provider are the reasons why it may be necessary to have a highly-competent car accident lawyer fighting for your defense and your rights.