Head-on collisions are the most dangerous type of car accident. While they account for only 2.0% of all crashes, they are responsible for 10.1% of all fatal crashes in the United States. Eighty-three percent of head-on collisions occur on rural undivided roads, and can result in some of the worst injuries related to car accidents.
Typically, a head-on collision occurs when one vehicle crosses a centerline or median and crashes into an approaching vehicle. Poor road conditions or faulty traffic signs and signals can contribute to accidents. Head-on collisions can also occur when a driver:
Determining liability in any accident lies in proving negligence. Each driver has a duty of care to all other motorists on the road. Every driver is obligated to follow the rules of the road and all local traffic laws. When a motorist disregards the rules, drives recklessly, or otherwise jeopardizes the well-being of others, that driver has acted negligently.
In some situations, fault may not be so readily evident. For instance, when external forces which are beyond a driver’s control factor into the accident. Examples of this include, severe weather conditions, improperly functioning traffic signals, damaged or missing road signs, and poorly maintained roadways.
Due to their abrupt nature, head-on collisions very often result in fatalities, and survivors can be left with devastating injuries. Even at low speeds, these accidents can be catastrophic. The trauma of a head-on collision can cause great anxiety and leave long-lasting emotional scars. Belted drivers and passengers typically suffer chest and lower limb injuries. Those not wearing seatbelts often suffer severe head and facial injuries and more damage to their chest and lower extremities including, the pelvis, legs and feet, or be thrown through the vehicle’s windshield. Other injuries can include:
If you have been injured in a car accident in Colorado Springs, contact the experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorneys at the Green Law Firm today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and discuss your case. Call us today at 1-719-694-8515.