Although head-on collisions only account for about 2 percent of all car accidents that take place in the U.S. each year, they are responsible for more than 10 percent of all car accident deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
One of the reasons that head-on collisions are so deadly is that, when two cars hit each other head on, the force of the impact doubles (for example, if two cars get into a head-on collision and each car is going 50 mph, the impact will be same as if a single car drove 100 mph into a wall).
Causes of Head-On Collisions
When head-on collisions occur, there is usually some sort of driver error at play because these type of car accidents only take place when a driver departs from his own lane of traffic and drives into oncoming traffic or when a driver enters a one-way street (or off-ramp) going the wrong way.
Some of the specific factors that can increase the likelihood that head-on collisions will occur include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Drivers being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Drivers being distracted by their cellphones, GPS or other objects within their vehicles
- Drivers operating their vehicles while exhausted (which increases the risk of them falling asleep behind the wheel).
In some cases, however, a city’s or state’s failure to properly maintain a road can also contribute to head on collisions. Examples of this type of negligence can include:
- Lack of proper signage indicating that a street is a one-way street or that drivers should not turn onto a merging roadway because it is, for example, a freeway off-ramp
- Lack of adequate street lighting at night that obscures visibility of the road
- Lack of adequate lane markers or reflectors to indicate distinct lanes of travel
- Lack of medians dividing different directions of traffic on particularly busy roads.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision that may have been caused by another driver’s or party’s recklessness, you will likely have a strong car accident claim against that party and should consult with an experienced attorney to learn more about your rights.
How Our Boulder County Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
For more than 35 years, the Boulder car accident attorneys at the Cederberg Law Firm P.C. has been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured in car accidents caused by other individuals’ negligence and recklessness. Having handled countless cases, our attorney and his team have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting. While we are aggressive litigators in court, we are also skilled negotiators outside of court. This makes our trusted lawyer and his legal team a formidable force that will not back down until you secure the maximum possible compensation for your injuries, expenses and losses.
At the Cederberg Law Firm P.C., you will not be handed off to a paralegal or assistant. You will receive personal attention and professional service from an experienced lawyer who cares about you and who is dedicated to providing you with superior legal services at every stage of your case. In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyer makes hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident, call us at 303-499-0449 or email us using the form at the left-hand side of the screen to learn more about your rights and receive a thorough, professional evaluation of your case for free.