A head-on wreck occurs when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide with one another. Even though vehicles have front-end crumple zones to help minimize the force of impact, head-on accidents still often result in debilitating injuries for passengers—especially if they don't wear safety belts.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these wrecks caused 4.394 deaths—54 percent of all fatalities—in 2016.
Victims who survive can suffer catastrophic injuries that limit their ability to work and take care of themselves for the rest of their lives.
If you suffered injuries in a head-on collision in Kansas or Missouri, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the negligent driver.
Top Causes of Head-On Collisions
There are many reasons for tragic head-on collisions, and driver negligence is the underlying cause. Here's why:
People under the influence of alcohol or drugs have slower reaction times, an inability to judge distances, reduced vision, and other impairments. As a result, they engage in a number of unsafe driving practices, such as swerving over the center line into oncoming traffic or driving the wrong way on a highway entrance and exit ramp.
Operating a vehicle while fatigued impairs driving abilities in similar ways as intoxication. When people are fighting to stay awake or fall asleep at the wheel, they can drift into another lane without even realizing it.
When an individual is texting, talking on a cellphone, or looking at GPS, he may not realize his vehicle has veered into a lane going in the opposite direction. He may also not be aware of other motorists enough to be able to avoid colliding with someone else who's lost control.
When negligent drivers attempt to move through a no-passing zone, they often discover there's insufficient time to safely return to their lane before hitting an oncoming car.
A large percentage of head-on collisions are on rural roads, which can be winding, narrow, and hilly, making it difficult to see oncoming vehicles. In addition, some impatient drivers may be more likely to speed or pass unsafely due to the lack of police. High speeds compound impact, which worsens injuries.
Technological advances such as lane departure warning systems and automatic emergency braking enable drivers to be safer—but not if they don't abide the rules of the road and stay alert.
Have You Been Injured In A Kansas City Area Car Accident?
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