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Facts About Head-On Collisions

The risk of fatal injury is high in a head-on collision

Head-on collisions often involve factors where one vehicle has lost control. As the name suggests, two cars traveling opposite directions crash into each other. In other words, the front end of one vehicle crashes into the front end of the other. This type of crash involves significant force because the speed and momentum of each car are going against each other during the impact.

Cars can swerve out of a lane or even cross a median and crash into the front end of other vehicles. Common situations and causes where cars collide head-on include:

  • Drifting out of a lane due to distracted driving
  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • Mechanical failure of brakes or steering
  • Drunk driving

Statistics indicate that while head-on collisions comprise 2% of U.S. car accidents, they cause 10% of U.S. accident fatalities.

Establishing Fault in Head-on Collisions

The impact of a head-on collision can spin cars into different positions, making it difficult to judge what happened and which driver was at fault. Accident reconstruction specialists may be necessary to examine skid marks and other details to provide evidence.

When both drivers were at fault, a court may have to hear the case and determine the percentage of fault for each driver's contribution to the accident.

Due to the fact that injuries are often severe and assigning fault can be complicated, it is wise to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

When to Consult with a Lawyer

If you have experienced a serious injury or have lost a loved one as a result of a front-end crash, you should get a legal opinion. Our attorneys at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP can help you protect your rights. Call our office to arrange a free consultation.

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