Head-On Collisions: What You Need To Know

Head-On Collisions & Your Legal Rights

Head-on collisions are one of the deadliest types of car accidents. Whether you’re in Houston or anywhere on Texas roadways, it’s essential that you remember your rights. When someone’s negligence causes you harm, our Houston auto accident attorneys help you hold the liable accountable.

The Dangers of Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions happen for numerous reasons. At times, “wrong-way drivers” cause them. As the term implies, a driver heads the wrong way on a road. Oftentimes, this a case of a drunk driver heading the wrong way down a one-way street. 

However, it also applies to drivers heading the wrong way up an exit ramp and onto the wrong side of a freeway.  

Typically, these drivers react by overcorrecting. For instance, let’s look at an example of students driving back to Houston from university. As they drive down an undivided highway, the driver looks at a map on their phone and swerves out of their lane. Once they realize their mistake, they overcorrect as they navigate back to their lane, again overcorrecting. 

Unfortunately, they crossed the median and entered the other side of the highway. There, they collided head-on with a commercial truck traveling the right way. 

This type of accident is deadly. 

Often, these collisions result in one or more fatalities among those involved. Unfortunately, a head-on collision or front-end collision more likely to result in a fatality. 

What Is a Head-On Collision?

A head-on collision is when two vehicles traveling opposite directions collide into each other’s front ends. It is also known as a front-end collision. Like a rear-end accident, these head-on crashes are easy to identify by the severe damage to the front end of the vehicles.

The amount of damage often depends on the speed of both motor vehicles and how they crash. For instance, a sideswipe collision occurs when two cars travel in opposite directions but don’t crash head-on. Typically, one driver swerves at the last second, causing the vehicles to scrape sides. These differ from front-end crashes in that the damage tends to remain on the sides that touch. Oftentimes, they are far less severe than a direct, head-on crash.

Common Causes of Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions occur anywhere on the road. However, they are particularly common out on rural roads. Typically, this is due to their narrow lanes, poor lighting, and lack of guardrails or lane dividers. 

Whether a front-end crash occurs on a neighborhood street, highway, or rural road, there are plenty of causes. At the root of these deadly accidents is often negligence on one driver’s part. 

  • Drunk driving
  • Defective roads
  • Dangerous roads 
  • Distracted driving (such as texting and driving)
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Fatigue and drowsy driving
  • Unsafe passing on highways
  • Hazardous construction zone setups
  • Senior drivers

Regardless of the specific cause, when negligence is at the core, you have rights. When someone else’s lack of responsibility leads to your injury, you have the right to seek compensation. 

As Houston personal injury lawyers, we help people hold the liable accountable. These accidents change lives forever. Let us fight for the compensation you deserve as you fight for your future. 

Common Front-End Collision Injuries

Even when you take normal safety precautions while driving, a head-on collision often results in catastrophic and severe injuries. Common injuries from front-end collisions include the following. 

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Neck, back, spine damage
  • Amputation
  • Disfigurement 
  • Concussions 
  • Broken bones and fractures 
  • Whiplash 
  • Lacerations 
  • Organ damage 
  • Bruising across the abdomen 
  • Internal bleeding 
  • Damage to the chest and ribcage 
  • Crushed legs and feet

The worst potential injury from car wrecks is wrongful death. Unfortunately, the loss of a loved one is quite common in these accidents. 

When you don’t wear a seatbelt, the danger of fatalities in head-on collisions increases greatly. Without these basic safety precautions, drivers and passengers both risk additional injuries as they open themselves to ejection from the vehicle upon impact. 

Head-On Collisions FAQ

How do you determine liability in front-end collisions?

Everyone on the road has a legal obligation to foster a safe environment for other drivers and pedestrians. Often, we refer to this as our “duty of care” on the road. When someone fails to comply with this duty, they act in negligence. 

As such, we help injured victims hold them liable for damages that result from their negligent actions. With the majority of car accident claims, negligence plays a significant role. Head-on collisions are no different. 

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to provide enough evidence that their negligence led to the collision that injured you or killed your loved one. Oftentimes, your car accident attorney carries the “burden of proof” for you. 

While you focus on healing, we work to investigate your case. We strive to provide negligence in your head-on collision claim. To do so, we gather evidence that casts a reasonable amount of fault on the other driver. This makes them legally responsible for your injuries and damages. 

When liability is unclear, your car accident lawyer works to mitigate settlements depending on the degree of shared fault. Because Texas law applies “modified comparative fault,” it’s okay when you share some fault. Our job is to ensure you receive as much compensation as possible. 

Schedule a free consultation with our team today to see how we can maximize your settlement. 

What damages are available in head-on collision claims?

Once we establish fault in your case, we work with you to develop a list of damages that the other driver and their insurance company are responsible for. Damages from head-on collisions vary depending on your particular case. Common damages include the following. 

  • Property damage
  • Physical injuries 
  • Emotional trauma 
  • Medical expenses 
  • Lost wages 
  • Diminished earning capacity 
  • Other financial losses 

With our car accident lawyers on your side, you have an advocate to fight for your future. We work with you to calculate the extent of your short-term and long-term damages. In doing so, we ensure that you and your family have what’s necessary to move on in your life. 

What should I do after a severe front-end collision?

In the moments after a front-end car accident where someone sustains a serious injury, we often feel overwhelmed. Fear, apprehension, and shock are common emotions after an accident. However, it is essential that you take care of yourself. 

When able, it’s important to gather as much evidence and information as possible. Talk to the police when they show up, and avoid accepting any fault. Document the scene and gather contact information for any witnesses. 

Next, seek medical attention. Ensure all victims receive the care they need. Once people receive appropriate care, it’s time to begin the financial recovery process. After an accident, people face staggering and mounting costs from medical expenses, lost wages, and damage to physical property. 

When you consult with a skilled auto accident attorney, you have an advocate to help you pursue compensation. Our team strives to establish fault, negotiate with insurance representatives, file your claim, and fight for your rights. We do all this so that you have time to focus on recovery. 

If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a head-on collision due to another’s negligence, contact our Houston auto accident attorneys. We specialize in motor vehicle accidents, including head-on collisions. 

Schedule a free case evaluation with our team. Let us be your advocates in your hour of need. 

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