When drivers fail to pay attention to the road, serious accidents can occur. A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles meet nose to nose or front-end to front-end. This typically occurs when someone is not driving in the correct lane of traffic or in the wrong direction. It can also occur at intersections. Head-on collisions are the most dangerous type of accident because the force of impact is doubled due to the traveling speed of each vehicle. Therefore, if each car is traveling 50 mph the force of impact will be the same as hitting a brick wall at 100 mph.
Common Causes of Head-on Collisions
What is especially tragic about head-on collisions is that they are usually preventable. Common causes of head-on collisions include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Driving while fatigued
- Aggressive driving
- Excessive speed
- Improperly passing another vehicle on a two-lane road
- Not driving carefully in wet weather conditions
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
These collisions happen more often on two-lane roads that don’t have dividers. They are also common on roads undergoing construction where proper signage hasn’t been used.
Injuries Caused by Head-on Collisions
Head-on collisions are extremely dangerous and often result in serious injuries to drivers and passengers. The healing and recovery time can be long and involve months of rehabilitation. Some injuries that can be caused by head-on collisions include:
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Facial injuries caused by airbags deploying
- Knee injuries
- Ankle injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Damaged organs
The severity of some of these injuries will depend on whether safety devices such as seatbelts and airbags were used. A passenger or driver not wearing a seatbelt might suffer more extensive injuries especially if they were ejected from the vehicle. These injuries can result in lost time from work and take a huge emotional toll on families.
Contact an Experienced Florida Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve sustained an injury in a head-on collision, you may need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping Floridians injured in car accidents for over 30 years. Contact us online today or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation.