Head-on collisions occur when the front end of vehicles travelling in opposite directions collide. They are an exceptionally serious form of car crash because the vehicles often come to an immediate stop. This is like driving into a brick wall. Risk of serious injury and death is quite high in these incidents, and the risk increases when a small car are struck by a larger vehicle.
Head-on collisions are less common than other types of road accidents. According the National Highways Transportation Safety Administration, these accidents usually make up only 2% to 5% of the total accidents in any given year. However, head-on collisions are disproportionally fatal, making up over 10% of fatal crashes.
Considering the damage caused by these accidents, if you are ever involved in a head-on collision in Atlanta, Marietta or throughout Georgia, please contact the accident lawyers at the Persons Firm today.The Dangers of Head-On Accidents
The quick stopping in head-on collisions makes them especially dangerous. Drivers and passengers often experience violent impacts and twisting motions causing acute harm. Frequently, people are thrust forward into the dashboard or steering wheel, or, in a worst case scenario, are entirely ejected from the vehicle.
According to statistics gathered by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, head-on collisions are most typically found when a one vehicle crosses the center line of a divided highway putting itself in the path of oncoming traffic. Head on collisions are much more likely to happen on rural roads and undivided two lane roads. In most years, roughly 75% percent of head on collisions shared one or both of these characteristics.
Modern car design has served to lessen the lethal nature of head-on crashes in recent decades. Crumple zones, airbags, and the seatbelt have all acted to reduces fatalities. Modern highway construction techniques like medians dividing traffic lanes and rumble strips also act to prevent head-on crashes. However, even with modern safety innovations and precautions, head-on collisions still occur at an unacceptable rate.Head-On Accident Injuries
The physical ramifications of a head on collision are substantial and often life changing. Accident victims can often display lingering signs of mental trauma as well after such a shocking experience. Potential injuries are serious and can include:
- Brain trauma
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
When negligent driving caused these accidents, the victims of that negligence are owed compensation. Money damages are available in civil court for disability, disfigurement, lost past and future wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and wrongful death. Compensation for harm to property is also available to replace or repair a vehicle, and for the cost of renting substitute transportation
The important thing to keep in mind is that if you have been injured by someone else's negligence, they are responsible for your injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a head on collision contact the Persons Firm by calling 770 424 5125 immediately for a free consultation.