Also known as frontal crashes, head-on car accidents involving two cars driving toward one another and hitting each other front to front. While any type of car accident can result in an injury, this type of car accident is the most likely to cause catastrophic injury or death to the driver or passengers. Read on for more facts and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
More than Half of People in Frontal Impact Crashes Die
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2017, 58% of vehicle occupants involved in frontal impact crashes did not survive the crash. These accidents are much more common in rural areas, and about 13% of all rural fatal accidents are head-on accidents. By contrast, fewer than 7% of urban fatal car accidents are head-on crashes.
The Most Common Causes of Head-On Collisions
It is sometimes the truth that an accident is nothing more than that – an accident that no one could have predicted. It might occur due to faulty brakes, power steering issues, or something else mechanical. However, most head-on collisions are caused by one driver being on the wrong side of the road. This is often caused by drunk driving and/or distracted driving, drowsy driving, or passing unsafely.
Determining Fault is the Most Important Factor
If you are filing a personal injury claim, then determining and proving fault is the top concern for you. These types of crashes often result in both vehicles being sent in different directions, which can make it hard to know right away how the accident occurred. In this case, your attorney might work with an engineer, accident reconstruction expert, or another specialist who can determine and prove the cause of the accident.
There Might Be Various Types of Damage in a Head-On Collision
Depending on the specifics of the accident, a head-on crash could involve property damage, which is the costs that come with repairing or replacing your vehicle and other property, and damages for physical injury, which would include medical bills, therapy bills, costs of medication, lost wages, and other costs associated with physical and emotional injuries.
In the event that someone did not survive the accident, then their legal surviving heirs might be able to file a wrongful death case in which they can recover costs such as funeral and burial costs, loss of future income, and other costs.
Your Next Step is to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Whatever situation you are facing, if you have been involved in a head-on collision, or you have lost a loved one in this type of accident, we recommend you contact a personal injury attorney right away. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.