Head on Collisions


Most likely, the vast majority of drivers would be most afraid of being in a head on collision. That’s because, especially before air bags, these accidents were often fatal or resulted in severe injuries. Just think about it. If you are traveling down the road at 55 mph while the car in the other lane is also traveling at the same speed before crossing the line and hitting you, you aren’t just hitting a vehicle at 55 miles per hour. The laws of physics must add in the velocity of your car as well as the other driver’s. That’s a lot of speed as well as a large amount of weight colliding.

While head on collisions add up to a very small percentage of the accidents that occur in the US annually, they are still very dangerous and can still result in severe injuries or fatalities.

Statistics to Know

Statistics have been released in the Fatal Analysis Reporting System by the United States Transportation Administration. These include the following:

  • 18 percent of accidents that did not involve intersections were head on collisions.
  • 75 percent of head on collisions take place on rural roads.
  • Almost every head on collision that resulted in a fatality did not involve a passing situation. Only 4.2 percent of head on collisions were caused by a passing situation.
  • 68 percent of the crashes occurred with vehicles that were on a straight highway.
  • 23 percent of the crashes occurred when vehicles were negotiating a curve.
  • Head on collisions result in about 10 percent of fatalities in the United States each year.

While the number of actual head on collisions that occur is relatively low, the number of fatalities and severe injuries is relatively high. In short, head on accidents are extremely dangerous.

Why Do They Happen?

According to studies, the majority of head on collisions happened due to unintentional actions by a motorist. These motorists were often:

  • Sleepy
  • Driving too fast for a curve
  • Distracted
  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Texting
  • Drinking
  • Driving too fast in weather conditions

Often, a driver unintentionally does something such as runs off the road or crosses into another lane. Then, while trying to compensate for their mistake, they actually overcompensate, which leads to head on crashes resulting in car accident  injury.

Even if the driver did not mean for the collision to occur, someone is still responsible for the collision. Someone else is still the victim, and they could suffer from extremely severe injuries or even fatalities. As a result, they could have extremely high expenses to repair a vehicle and even higher medical bills. A victim could have hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses and even ongoing accrued debt depending on the severity of their injuries.

Head on collisions may be fairly rare when looking at the big picture, but they do occur and can be devastating. When these accidents happen, people are usually severely injured. If their vehicle doesn’t have airbags or if they were not wearing a seatbelt, the injuries could be even worse. In any case, anyone who has been involved in one of these types of accidents will likely deal with pain, recovery time, expenses, and much more as a result of the crash.

If you or a loved one has been in a head on collision in San Diego, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and expenses. You will need the help of a quality, experienced, lawyer for the best results though. Don’t just settle for anyone. Instead, contact the attorneys at Thompson | Wedeking for a free evaluation of your case and your options.