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Severe car accidents can lead to a number of injuries that have long-term repercussion and even the loss of life. Head-on collisions are of special concern given just how deadly they can be.
Why Head-On Collisions Are So Dangerous
When vehicles are involved in a head-on collision, the sheer amount of force generated from the impact can be tremendous. Even at low speeds or when one vehicle is stationary, the front ends of vehicles striking one another can result in serious injuries.
While seat belts, airbags, and other safety features in a vehicle can help reduce the severity of injuries, they can only accomplish so much. A number of catastrophic injuries and fatalities occur as a result of these head-on auto accidents.
Statistics on Head-On Auto Accidents
Statistics show that head-on auto accidents are rare yet quite deadly. Numbers from 2005 note that just 2 percent of all vehicle crashes were head-on collisions. However, head-on collisions still accounted for 10.1 percent of all auto accident fatalities that year. The numbers tell a harrowing story about how deadly these collisions can be.
Reasons Why Head-On Collisions Occur
Here are a few common reasons why head-on collisions might happen:
Drunk Driving – When someone drives under the influence of alcohol (or other controlled substances), their reflexes and decision-making skills are severely impaired. This can make head-on collisions more likely.
Reckless Driving – When people drive in an aggressive or reckless manner, they increase the likelihood of a serious collision. Whether speeding or running red lights, these behaviors can prove deadly.
Passing Vehicles on Two-Lane Roads – Attempting to overtake/pass another vehicle on a two-lane road can be risky. If drivers are not paying attention, they may wind up striking vehicles traveling in the opposite direction.
Driver Fatigue – Driving without sufficient sleep or rest can be just as dangerous as driving while you are drunk. For this reason, you should only get behind the wheel when you are well rested.
Using a Cell Phone While Deriving – Texting or using a cell phone while you are driving can result in major distractions that contribute to severe injuries. Be sure to put away your phone whenever you are behind the wheel.
Bad Road Signs and Traffic Signals – Malfunctioning traffic signals or poorly placed road signs can make head-on collisions more likely.
Poor Road Conditions – Bad roads in need of maintenance or objects left in the road can cause a person to swerve out of their lane, which could result in a collision, sometimes with adjacent vehicles or with oncoming vehicles.
Bad Weather – Rain, snow, fog, and other kinds poor weather conditions can increase the chances of a severe collision occurring.
How an Accident Lawyer Can Help You
If you're involved in a serious collision, working with an experienced attorney can help you collect damages for injuries, vehicle damage, and other losses. If you lose a loved one in a motor vehicle collision, a lawyer can work with you to collect funerary costs and other damages, while also giving you the headspace to grieve and move forward in life.
This peace of mind that comes as part of strong legal representation should prove invaluable to you.
Contact Luke Dow Law Firm
For more information about your legal rights and options following a serious collision, be sure to contact an experienced injury and accident attorney today. We will fight diligently for you and your legal rights.