This term is used to describe head-on crashes between two cars, especially head-on collisions at high speeds on divided highways or motorways with high vehicle volumes. Head on collisions are often fatal
Head on collisions are usually the result of one vehicle crossing into the oncoming lane - for example, if a car were to swerve into an oncoming car around a bend in the road. Alcohol may also be involved, since head on accidents tend to occur at night when visibility is low and drivers become less alert.
What Causes Head On Collisions?
Common causes of head-on collisions include drunk driving as well as speeding. Many head-on collisions result from overtaking a slower moving vehicle or from following too closely behind another vehicle. In addition, head-on collisions have been known to happen when drivers are trying to pass simultaneously resulting in two cars colliding head on while trying to occupy the same space at the same time.
Head-on collisions can also occur on a single lane road when one car hits head-on with an oncoming vehicle, due to the first driver not seeing or underestimating the speed of the incoming traffic and swerving into its path. This type of head-on collision is also called a 'Single Vehicle Head-On Collision' (SVHO).
First Steps After A Head On Collision
If you are in head on crash, first thing to do is to check yourself and everyone else involved for any injuries. If anyone has suffered head trauma or an injury that may need emergency attention (a head wound, bleeding head injury etc.) call 911 immediately.
Do not move the vehicle if it is still running or if there is a threat of fire
Call the police department as soon as possible, reporting your location and what happened.
An officer will arrive to take down official statement from everyone involved including yourself (they will ask you some questions about how the accident occurred). The police will then allow motorists involved in head-on collisions to leave their vehicles only after making sure that they are safe to home by checking eyesight, focus, and ability to drive.
Determining Fault In A Head On Collision
If head on collisions occur as the result of a driver's negligence or recklessness, that driver will be held responsible by police and insurance companies. A person who causes head-on collision is guilty of reckless driving; they might also face criminal charges depending on the circumstances.
Fault in head-on collisions is determined based on which vehicle crossed into an opposing lane - if car 'A' crosses over center line and crashes head on with car 'B', then both drivers have committed acts of negligence however since car 'A' breached its lane first it is considered fully at fault for the head-on crash. In some cases, more than one driver may be found negligent for a head-on collision. For example, if two cars are traveling head-on at high speeds, both drivers might be found equally negligent for the head-on collision since each driver is traveling too fast to avoid a head on collision with another vehicle.
Contacting A Car Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you know is involved head-on collisions, contact Accident Attorneys Boca Raton for free case evaluation with a car accident attorney in Boca Raton. We are here to help victims of head on collision get full compensation for their injuries and other expenses related to the accident.
Head on collision cases can be very complicated so it's important that you speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer who will be able to walk victims through each step of the legal process.