Head-on collisions may be the most common collisions referred to in all images of car crashes, however, their danger and repercussions can never be quite captured. If you’ve been hurt in one, you should speak with an experienced Houston head-on collision lawyer here at The Gonzalez Law Group today. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.
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An individual following a head-on collision may never quite go back to being the same again. Head-on collisions are likely to result in front-bumper damage and cause physical injury and trauma to the drivers involved. Head-on collisions are extremely lethal because of the position of the vehicle and its occupants when colliding with one another. If you suffered a head-on collision with a driver who acted negligently, you can pursue compensation. Our Houston personal injury attorneys are here.
Head-On Collision Statistics
- In 2017, 3,471 or 10.1% head-on collisions accounted for the total percent of fatal crashes (Insurance Information Institute).
- In 2018, there were 4,900 deaths in head-on collisions (National Safety Council).
- In 2018, head-on collisions accounted for 29.5% of collisions between motor vehicles (National Safety Council).
- The major types of crashes involving two vehicles at an intersection include crossing-path crashes, head-on collisions, and rear-end collisions (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
- Head-on crashes are more common in rural areas (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Head-On Collisions in Houston
Head-on collisions are collisions in which the front bumpers of two vehicles heading in opposite directions collide with each other. Head-on collisions are most commonly seen at intersections and any road in which two cars may come from opposite directions and face each other directly.
Failing to yield or brake to the other vehicle is likely the main course of action that leads to head-on collisions. Head-on collisions are extremely dangerous because vehicles are colliding at the forefront of the vehicle where the motor and the main mechanical components of a vehicle’s function are found. Headlights, front bumper, and tires are also at risk for damage.
Head-on collisions are also the most potentially damaging for vehicle occupants because of their proximity to the front of the vehicle. The force of a head-on collision can lead to greater brain and body headbanging from the bounce back which can result in traumatic brain injuries or internal bleeding. If a windshield breaks from the force, this can lead to vehicle occupant ejection or severe cuts and injuries from breaking glass. If the force is great enough, a vehicle can slam directly into the inside of the other vehicle injuring both vehicle occupants severely. If you’ve been hurt, you should speak with a Houston auto accident lawyer here at our firm.
Additional Causes of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions can occur for a wide variety of reasons, including the following:
- Distracted Driver (e.g., texting and driving, talking on the phone, playing with the radio)
- Intoxicated Driver (i.e., under the influence of alcohol, prescriptions drugs, anesthesia, or recreational drugs)
- Drowsy Driver
- Reckless Driver
Poor infrastructure conditions may also have come into play when considering the cause of action in the accident. Poor infrastructure can include badly paved roads, traffic light malfunction/unclear signal, street post-crash, or other infrastructure conditions not created by driver behavior. Local, state, or federal entities in charge of road infrastructure can also be regarded as culpable if negligence is found present.
Pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death case for a head-on collision is similar to other car accident liability. Damages may include hospital/medical costs, funeral/burial costs (wrongful death suit), loss of income, and punitive damages.
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Head-on collisions are one of the most traumatic types of vehicle crashes that take place. When occupants are in close proximity to the front of the vehicle, their lives are high-risk during a head-on collision. Shattering glass and ejection risk are likely to cause severe injuries and lead to emergency room visits. If you have been facing the effect of head-on collision alone, you need to contact a Houston head-on collision lawyer at The Gonzalez Law Group. We will fight for your rights, every step of the way.