Common Causes of Head-On Collisions and Where to Turn for a Straightforward Recovery
There are three basic types of car accident collisions: side-impact, rear-end, and head-on. Although all of these collisions have the potential to be deadly, head-on crashes inflict the most impact force toward occupants of the front seat. A head-on, or front-end, collision occurs when two cars traveling in the opposite direction crash into one another’s front-ends. Due to the violence of these crashes, even though these collisions only account for 2% of all car accidents, they cause 10% of severe car accident injuries and 54% of passenger vehicle fatalities. In other words, they are the most destructive and fatal type of collision, despite safety crumple zones.
Common Causes of Head-on Collisions
The majority of head-on collisions occur as the direct result of one of the following negligent driver actions:
Failure to adequately check opposite lane for traffic before passing. One of the most common reasons a vehicle will crash head-on into another car is careless passing. No-passing zones are clearly marked to help drivers realize that there is limited sight distance to see potential on-coming traffic. However, if a driver ignores these warnings, or fails to check the left lane before deciding to pass the car ahead of him, he may wind up staring face-first into the eyes of an oncoming driver, with nowhere to turn and no time to get back over.
Failure to stop before crossing a median. Highway medians are wide enough to allow an alert driver to stop his vehicle before crossing into the opposite traffic lanes. Therefore, these situations are generally caused by extenuating circumstances such as intoxication, fatigue, heart attacks, seizures, or other ailments that cause a driver to fall unconscious.
Failure to pay attention to oncoming traffic. Distracted driving is one of the foremost reasons for all types of car collisions. When a driver can’t (or doesn’t) focus on the road ahead, he can easily veer into oncoming traffic or coast into opposing lanes without even realizing it until it is too late.
Failure to obey right-of-way when turning down a one-way street. One-way streets aren’t always clearly marked and can catch a driver off-guard. Unfortunately, the consequences of getting stuck the wrong way can be more than just embarrassment if oncoming vehicles fail to see you.
Failure to drive for weather conditions. Poor weather conditions such as snow, rain, hail, and fog can affect the amount of grip a tire has on a road. This can cause vehicles to slip and slide into opposing lanes and oncoming traffic. Consequently, drivers must adjust their speed and steering to accommodate slippery, icy, and wet road conditions to avoid potential front-end collisions.
Avoiding the Insurance Company Clash
Insurance companies are not your friends. Adjusters may seem like they are there to help you, but their goal is to save their company money. Rather than helping you in your recovery by offering a fair settlement, they will fight back, especially for claims dealing with the extensive medical costs of front-end collisions.
The Andrew Kim Law Firm can help you defend what is rightfully yours. You’ll never be stuck quarreling over a mediocre settlement when we’re here to fight for you. Visit our Bellevue office today and secure your FREE consultation before accepting the insurance company’s first offer. Call or stop in today!