Head-on collisions are highly dangerous and have a higher rate of fatalities than other types of crashes. The primary reason for this is that they involve increased force to both drivers in the accident.
With two cars traveling directly toward each other before the collision, there is a much greater force of impact than there would be if two cars are traveling the same direction at the time of a collision. The numbers speak for themselves; while only about two percent of crashes are head-on collisions, more than 10 percent of traffic deaths are estimated to be a result of those types of accidents.
Common types of injuries sustained in these accidents include the following:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Other types of catastrophic injuries
These accidents are increasingly dangerous as speeds of travel go up. This is why most fatalities in wrong-way collisions tend to be on highways that are not divided. All it takes is an intoxicated or inattentive driver to stray across the center line for just a moment, and there could be catastrophic results. And in fact, driver inattentiveness and intoxication are two of the leading causes of head-on collisions, particularly fatal head-on collisions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by an inattentive or otherwise negligent driver, speak with a knowledgeable Bradenton personal injury attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh right away. You may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.