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. Head-on collisions are extremely lethal, because of the position of the vehicle and its occupants when colliding with one another.
An individual following a head-on collision may never quite go back to be the same again. Head-on collisions are likely to result in front-bumper damage and cause physical injury and trauma to the drivers involved. If you suffered a head-on collision with a driver who acted negligently, you can pursue compensation.
Automobile Accident Lawyers in Houston, Texas
Our attorneys at The Gonzalez Law Group are experienced in car accident cases, in which individuals and their loved ones may be dealing with economic hardship and emotional anguish. We are here to help you piece your life back together. We can pursue damages to hold the party at fault accountable for the accident.
Call (832) 530-4070 to schedule a consultation with our attorneys or fill out a free case review form at the bottom of the page. We work with clients in the cities of Houston, Galveston, Humble, Tomball, Katy, Spring, Cypress, and more.
Head-On Collisions Information Center
- How Does a Head-On Collision Happen?
- Head-On Collision Statistics
- How to Pursue Liability?
- Additional Resources
How Does a Head-on Collision Happen?
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 coming from opposite directions and face each other directly.
- Parking Lot
- Entering/Leaving an alley
- Exiting a driveway
- Coming off an unpaved/uncontrolled road to a main road
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.
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).
Similar to pursuing liability in other vehicle accidents, it must be determined who is at fault for the accident. In this case, one driver is likely to blame over the other, unless a third-party was a hindrance on the two vehicles that may it inevitable for them to collide or caused further damage. All circumstances must be taken into consideration, whether it was the main factor or not. However, driver behavior is highly significant in the cause of action of a head-on collision and its prevention.
Risk factors include:
- 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 or 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.
Contact a Head-On Collision Attorneys
Head-on collisions are one of the most traumatic types of vehicle crashes that take place. When occupants are in close proximity to the font 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 our attorneys at The Gonzalez Law Group. Our experience with personal injury victims calls for us to be sensitive to our client’s stress and aggressive in the pursuit of their rightful compensation. We will not leave you in the dark when you are in our hands.
At The Gonzalez Law Group, we work with clients in Harris County, Montgomery County, Galveston County, Liberty County, and Fort Bend County. Call us at (832) 530-4070 for a free confidential consultation or seek the initial contact form at the bottom of the page.