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The Causes of Head-On Car Accidents

By Robert L. Froerer on January 08, 2019

Totaled carHead-on car accidents occur when the front ends of two moving vehicles collide. Not only are these types of car accidents traumatic, they can result in serious injury or even death.

The attorneys at Froerer & can help victims obtain compensation in head-on car accident injury cases. Contact our Ogden, UT practice to schedule a case review and find out if you should file a claim.

How Do Head-on Car Accidents Occur?

Typically, head-on collisions occur when:

  • Two vehicles pass through an intersection toward one another
  • A vehicle crosses the center line divider and hits an oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane
  • A vehicle goes the wrong way down a street or highway

Head-on collisions happen most frequently on rural roads. However, they also occur on other roads that lack a center divider.

What Causes Head-on Car Accidents?

Driver distraction is one of the main reasons why head-on car accidents happen. If the driver is not focused on driving, he or she can veer into oncoming traffic.

Intoxication is another leading cause of head-on car accidents. Alcohol and drugs can leave the operator impaired, leading to poor decisions, fatigue, and other dangerous driving behavior.

Head-on car accidents also happen on account of the following:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Poor weather or road conditions
  • Improper passing
  • Speeding
  • Failure to obey traffic signals
  • Construction-zone redirecting
  • Lack of familiarity with the area

What Are Some Common Injuries Sustained in Head-on Car Accidents?

While it is true that cars are safer than they once were, head-on car accidents are extremely dangerous. Many of these accidents are fatal and others can result in a series of injuries including:

  • Spinal cord injuries: Head-on collisions sometimes lead to damage in the spinal area. When vertebrae are broken or damaged, it can lead to lacerations or severing of the spinal cord. Ultimately, these accidents can lead to paralysis.
  • Head and neck injuries: Whiplash can occur in head-on car accidents. When two vehicles collide, it can cause a rapid and forceful snapping back-and-forth motion in the neck. Whiplash can put significant and lasting strain on the neck. Additionally, concussions are common in these accidents.
  • Broken bones: Head-on car accidents can cause serious breaks or fractures.

Accident victims can also suffer chest injuries, abdominal injuries, internal organ injuries, airbag injuries, and even psychological injuries resulting from trauma.

Contact a Car Accident Attorney

At Froerer & Miles, we understand what it takes to achieve optimal outcomes in head-on collision accident cases. We have secured compensation on behalf of many clients. Find out what we can do for you: call us today at (801) 621-2690 or contact us online.

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