In a head-on collision, the front-end of one vehicle strikes the front-end of another. In many cases, one or both of the vehicles involved is moving at a high rate of speed. That can magnify the impact of the crash, which itself can result in serious injuries or death. As in every car accident, all passengers are at risk.
Head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous type of motor vehicle accident. Although head-on collisions only account for about 2 percent of automobile accidents, reports estimate that head-on collisions are responsible for about 10 percent of all car accident fatalities.
Who Is at Fault?
The negligence of one of the drivers involved tends to cause most head-on collisions. A person whose negligence causes a head-on collision can face liability for the damages that result. The liable party is obligated to compensate the victim(s) for those losses and expenses resulting from the accident.
Assigning liability in a head-on collision is not always easy. The impact may push the vehicles apart, moving them away from the position at the time of the crash. An accident with a lack of witnesses will further complicate a determination of liability. Some instances may require forensic experts, which an experienced car accident attorney at Emroch & Kilduff might engage to help assign liability in one of these more complex cases.
Sometimes, obvious negligence makes assigning liability much easier. Examples of such situations include:
- Driving under the influence – Virginia law prohibits people from operating a motor vehicle under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. Intoxication limits the individual’s motor skills. This can result in an inability to remain focused, to drive in a straight line, or to maintain complete control of the vehicle. This can lead a driver to lose control of the vehicle, drive across lanes, and strike an oncoming vehicle head-on.
- Distracted driving – Distracted driving has become more common in recent years. Distracted drivers fail to keep their attention on the road while driving. A distraction of even a few seconds can prove dangerous. Drivers, not realizing that they are driving carelessly, may strike another oncoming vehicle.
Injuries Suffered From Head-on Collisions
Head-on collisions can, and do, cause injuries apart from traffic fatalities. The impact can result in relatively minor injuries—such as broken bones and contusions—as well as more serious injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Paralysis (partial or complete)
- Loss of limbs
- Post traumatic stress disorder
Get Help From an Experienced Richmond Car Accident Attorney
Head-on collisions can leave their victims devastated. Those involved can suffer serious, life-changing injuries. Often times, victims incur substantial medical expenses. If you are the victim in a head-on collision, do not delay in calling the experienced car accident attorneys at Emroch & Kilduff. We recognize the importance of ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve. We work diligently to secure the most compensation available for each client. Please call today at (804) 358-1568 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.