Of all the different types of car accidents, head-on collisions are among the most dangerous. There is a much greater risk of severe injury or even death. Fortunately, they are less common than other accident types but that does not diminish the harm that they can cause. The increased potential for devastation in a head-on collision means that drivers involved in such an accident will need compensation to take care of the significant expenses caused by that accident.
Expenses that can include expensive medical bills, high repair costs for the damaged vehicle, lost wages due to missing work while they recuperate, and more. The best way of getting the compensation that you need after a head-on collision is to hire a personal injury attorney to help you. At the Harrison Law Group, our attorneys have over forty years of combined experience that they will use to help anyone in the Long Island area who was unfortunate enough to be involved in a head-on collision. We will do our best to ensure that you never have to pay out of pocket for any of your accident-related expenses.
Why Head-On Collisions are so Dangerous
When a vehicle collides head-on with another vehicle, the speed at which they were each traveling gets amplified, making the crash far more destructive than if either car were to collide with a stationary object. This can be even worse if there is a significant size discrepancy between the two vehicles, with the smaller vehicle taking the brunt of the damage.
Things can get even worse if the head-on collision between the two cars is not dead center, meaning that the cars may be slightly off to the side when they hit each other. This can cause the cars to spin out of control, potentially causing even more damage to the driver and other vehicles in its path.
The Statistics of Head-On Collisions
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), head-on collisions are responsible for the highest percentage of fatalities in car accidents. In 2018, frontal impacts caused 56% of fatalities to the drivers and passengers of vehicles involved in head-on collisions. That sobering statistic is a stark indicator of just how dangerous head-on collisions can be.
The Causes of Head-On Collisions
Despite their high fatality rate, head-on collisions are less common than other types of collisions because the circumstances that cause a head-on collision are much rarer. In other words, someone has to be traveling in the opposite direction into traffic to cause a head-on collision, which makes those types of collisions less common than rear-end collisions where both vehicles are traveling in the same direction. Head-on collisions are also less common than T-bone crashes where a vehicle crashes into the side of another.
Head-on collisions are usually caused by drunk drivers who drift out of their lane and into oncoming traffic or by tired drivers who doze off behind the will and drift into the opposite lane. Distracted driving can also be the culprit since people may not realize they have slipped into the opposite lane if they are not paying attention.
Call The Harrison Law Group if You Have Been in a Head-On Collision
If you have been in a head-on collision, then you will need all the help that you can get, and at the Harrison Law Group, that is exactly what we will give you. We have helped several clients in Long Island who have been in head-on collisions so we know exactly the type of help that you need and we know how to get it for you.
We will never stop fighting to make sure that you never have to worry about the expenses caused by a head-on collision. At the Harrison Law Group, we know how serious the mental and physical trauma caused by a head-on collision can be, which is why we are determined to help anyone who has experienced such an event to get back on their feet.