Head-on collisions are widely considered to be the most dangerous kind of car crash because of the high rate of fatality. A head-on collision happens when the front of one car collides with the front of another and this usually occurs when both cars are in motion. Even with crumple zones and bumpers, head-on collisions can cause severe and often fatal injuries. With a reported 18 percent of non-intersection accidents being head-on, it is important to recognize the common causes of these crashes and to know your rights if you have been injured.
If someone causes a head-on collision because they were negligent, you have the right to hold that driver liable for your losses, including medical expenses and lost wages. The following are some common acts of negligence that lead to this type of crash:
- Distracted driving – Distracted drivers often depart from their lanes while they are not looking at the road. If they cross a double yellow line, they can crash into an oncoming vehicle head-on.
- Drunk driving – Drunk drivers are notorious for traveling the wrong way on one-way streets, which can certainly result in a head-on crash. They can also swerve out of their lanes like distracted drivers often do.
- Fatigued driving – If a driver loses focus or falls asleep, they often lose control over their car and the car may travel into oncoming traffic.
- Dangerous passing – If someone tries to pass while there is a double yellow line or when they think they can beat an oncoming car, the risk of a head-on collision is high.
- Rural roads – Head-on crashes are very common on rural roads because of the narrow lanes, turns and hills, high speed limits, and lack of law enforcement.
- Road hazards – If a driver suddenly hits a road hazard like a pothole, they can lose control of their car and veer into oncoming lanes.
Call a St. Petersburg Car Accident Attorney for Help Today
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a head-on crash, you should not delay in calling a skilled St. Petersburg car accident lawyer to discuss your rights. Call the law office of Berkowitz & Myer for a free consultation at 727-344-0123.