A head-on collision is a traffic collision where the front ends of two vehicles hit each other when traveling in opposite directions, as opposed to a side impact collision or rear end car accident. Often head-on collisions occur when a driver crosses the centerline. They can also be caused by drunk driving, distracted driving or even brake failure.
Head-on collisions can be particularly devastating because they often occur at a high rate of speed. With vehicles traveling in opposing directions the force exerted on the vehicle and passengers at the point of impact is significant, causing permanent or fatal injuries. According to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a head-on accident has a 56 percent chance of ending in a fatality for drivers and passengers in a sedan. As experienced car accident injury attorneys, we’ve represented a number of head-on collision cases and seen many different injury and compensation outcomes.
Who is at Fault for a Head-on Car Accident?
Often the most important piece of evidence when trying to prove fault for a head-on collision is where the vehicles struck each other on the road. In most cases, if one of the vehicles was traveling in the wrong direction, that driver will most likely be held responsible.
There could be exceptions however if the car in the wrong lane was struck and pushed into oncoming traffic by another vehicle. To determine who should be held liable in a head-on collision it’s important to speak to an experienced accident attorney. At Tarrabain law, we can help you piece together the events of a head-on crash, and analyze the evidence you need to build your case.
Common Causes Of Head-On Auto Accidents
- Bad weather or reduced visibility
- Drivers being distracted by their phone or by passengers
- Impaired driving
- Driving while tired
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Brake failure
Timing is critical. If you’ve been injured or you’ve lost a loved one in a car accident, our experts recommend reaching out for representation as soon as possible. Insurance companies may often make efforts to settle a claim quickly or compensate with a settlement that’s less than what you deserve.
“Because of the typical extent of injuries, head-on collisions are especially devastating for drivers, passengers and their loved ones. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we’ve represented a number of head-on collisions and we are here to support you through the process of reaching a fair settlement in your case,” says Founder of Tarrabain Law, Senia Tarrabain.