A head on collision occurs when the front ends of two different vehicles collide with one another. This collision unfortunately results in serious and often fatal accidents. Due to the fact that head on collisions usually occur with little warning, the majority of these accidents typically occur at extremely high speeds—resulting in serious bodily injuries and even death. Learn more about head on collisions below.
Common Causes of Head on Collisions
Head on collisions can be caused by a number of different factors, including inattentiveness or distracted driving, drunk driving, and aggressive driving. Inattentive drivers are drivers who are distracted by other people or objects, and therefore, are not giving their undivided attention to the roadway. Driving while talking on the cellphone, texting, and checking email are all examples of dangerous and distracting behavior that can easily cause a serious and deadly head on collision.
In addition to distracted driving, aggressive driving behaviors have been known to cause traumatic and devastating head on collisions. Road rage, speeding, and reckless driving are prime examples of aggressive driving behaviors that can have deadly consequences. Drivers who quickly change lanes, drive excessively over the speed limit, or navigate highway turns at dangerously high speeds, put themselves and everyone around them in danger. In addition, they increase their risk for causing head on collisions.
Common Injuries Resulting from Head on Collisions
Head on collisions are responsible for a variety of devastating and life changing injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and face injuries
- Severe soft tissue injuries
- Limb lacerations & amputations
- Skin Burns
- Broken limbs
Head on collisions can also cause a variety of emotional injuries, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Due to the severity of these injuries it is extremely important to have all of your injuries treated by a medical professional immediately after your accident to prevent permanent and lifelong disabilities from occurring.
Head on Collisions Statistics
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2016 alone, frontal impacts accounted for 54% of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities. Every year, over a million people die in car accidents the world over, with an average of 3,287 deaths each day.
Obviously, car accidents take a huge toll. You can do your best to prevent causing one by paying attention to the road at all times, and by keeping your car moving at a reasonable, safe rate of speed. Drive safely, it could save your life and the lives of others.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a negligent driver, it’s imperative that you seek medical help immediately. As soon as you’re able after that, speak to an attorney right away. Your lawyer will be able to tell you what your legal options are, and will fight to win fair and just compensation for you and your family.
Contact The Gold Law Firm Today
If you were injured in a car accident because of the negligence of another driver, consider putting our experienced Denver car accident attorneys on your side. At the Gold Law Firm, we work hard to achieve the maximum compensation for all of our clients. Contact attorneys Gregory A. Gold or Sommer Luther of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.