All types of car accidents are dangerous but there are few that are as dangerous as head-on collisions.
A head-on crash concentrates the maximum amount of momentum and energy into the collision, increasing the risk of injury. It is important to understand why head-on collisions occur, what kind of injuries they can cause, and the damages one can claim after a crash.
Reasons Why Head-on Collisions Occur
Head-on collisions can occur because of a variety of reasons. Some common causes are:
- Impaired driving – Drugs and alcohol are a common cited cause of head-on collisions. People are more likely to be drunk in the evenings and at nighttime. This increases the risk of nighttime disorientation, causing an impaired driver to enter a lane of oncoming traffic.
- Bad weather – Bad weather conditions, such as snow and fog, can limit visibility.
- Fatigue – Drivers are more likely to be fatigued and drowsy when driving after dark. Avoid driving if you are feeling sleepy or drowsy.
- One-way roads – Failure of a GPS to warn a driver about a one-way road or poor signage indicating a one-way road can lead to a head-on crash.
- Other causes – Debris on the road can cause a driver to swerve, leading to a head-on collision.
Common Injuries Caused by Head-On Crashes
Head-on collisions often lead to serious injuries. Some of the most commonly reported injuries are:
- Head injuries – Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a head-on collision, even with the proper deployment of the air bags.
- Neck injuries – The sudden forceful impact of a head-on collision can cause a sudden jerky movement of the body, throwing it forward and then bringing it to a sudden halt. This can lead to severe neck injuries.
- Bruises and cuts – Shrapnel of crushed metal or plastic and shattered glass can come in contact with the driver and other occupants and cause bruises or cuts.
- Death – Head-on collisions have a high death rate. Even though head-on collisions make up a small percentage of total accidents, they contribute significantly to traffic-related fatalities.
Chicago Automobile Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a head-on collision caused by a negligent driver, contact a Chicago car accident attorney from Willens Law Offices. We will help you recover economic and non-economic damages. Call us today at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.