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Can You Survive a Head-On Collision?

The Consequences of Head-On Crashes

A head-on collision happens when vehicles are driving in opposite directions, crash front-to-front. While any car accident can cause devastating injuries, head-on crashes, also known as “frontal” crashes, are the most dangerous. According to the latest data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2018, head-on collisions accounted for 56% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths, which totaled 12,932. Although the statistics are alarming, and the odds are not favorable, it is possible to survive a head-on collision. However, it’s unlikely for anyone to walk away “without a scratch.”

Causes of Head-On Collisions

While inclement weather or road hazards can cause a head-on collision, most head-on collisions are related to driver error. Here are some of the most common ways frontal collisions happen:

  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driving while fatigued or tired
  • Driving while distracted, such as talking or texting while driving
  • Passing lanes unsafely

Many head-on collisions can also be caused by confusion when driving on one-way roads.

Common Injuries Associated with Head-On Collisions

No matter how a head-on collision has happened, the consequences can be severe. The following are the most common injuries associated with a frontal crash:

  • Head Injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries, such as cracked vertebrae and herniated discs
  • Neck Injuries, such as whiplash
  • Fractures, including broken facial bones and upper or lower extremities
  • Cuts and bruises

While head-on collisions are not the most common type of accident, the death rate from injuries is significant.

Involved in a Head-On Crash? We are Here For You.

Sustaining an injury in any type of car accident can be devastating — and when it comes to head-on collisions, the consequences for victims can be life-altering. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, we can help.

We will stand up to the insurance companies that often give pushback when it comes to proper settlements. We are here for you through every step. From recovering medical costs, lost income, property damage, and more — we’ll be your trusted partner throughout the process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

We are here for you. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. Contact Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC today at (901) 526-2126.