head on collision on neighborhood roadA head-on collision is a terrifying type of motor vehicle accident. Victims can suffer permanent injuries that can be fatal. This is true no matter how fast the vehicles are traveling at the time of impact.

If you were injured in a head-on crash, you could be facing huge medical bills for treatments for your injuries and long periods of time when you cannot work—if you are able to return to your job at all. Our knowledgeable and compassionate motor vehicle accident attorneys are here to file your claim with the negligent driver's insurance company and fight so that you receive the maximum recovery in your settlement.

Common Causes of Head-on Collisions

Head-on collisions are dangerous because the front ends of two motor vehicles smash into each other. The force of impact can feel like colliding into a brick wall, especially if the vehicles are traveling at a faster speed or one of them is a truck. The major cause of a head-on collision is the negligent driving of one of the motorists. Here are the seven leading ways these crashes occur:

Impaired Driving

Crucial driving skills are impaired when a driver is intoxicated due to drug or alcohol use. Vision, judgment, and reaction time are just a few of the abilities that are reduced. This can cause drivers to engage in reckless behaviors, like weaving between lanes and excessive speeding, which can result in a head-on collision.


When drivers are speeding, they are much more likely to lose control, cross the center line, and smash into a vehicle head-on. Because the force of impact is greater, the injuries are much more likely to be catastrophic or fatal.

Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving reduces driving abilities in the same ways as drunk driving. In our fast-paced world, many people drive when they are too tired and can cross the center line without realizing it while they are fighting to stay awake or fall asleep at the wheel.

Distracted Driving

If a driver is distracted, their eyes are not on the road, and their mind is not focused on the task of driving. In some cases, their hands may not even be on the steering wheel. Common distractions that can lead to head-on crashes include:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Texting
  • Talking on a cellphone
  • Looking at a GPS
  • Looking something up or watching a movie or video on a cellphone or tablet
  • Personal grooming
  • Talking to passengers
  • Fiddling with instrument controls

Not Driving for Weather

When roads become dangerous due to snow, ice, fog, or heavy rain, drivers must slow down below the speed limit to drive safely. When they do not, they can lose control of their vehicle and collide head-on with one or more other cars, motorcycles, or trucks.

Improper Passing

Impatient drivers sometimes speed up and try to pass on a curve or in a no-passing zone. This can lead to a deadly head-on accident because of the greater speed of the vehicles at the moment of impact.

Wrong-Way Driving

People who drive the wrong way on a one-way road, entrance or exit ramp, or highway are very likely to cause a catastrophic crash with unsuspecting victims. They often drive the wrong way if they are in an unfamiliar area and get confused, or they are intoxicated due to drug or alcohol use.

Compensation You Can Recover From the Negligent Motorist

If another driver was to blame for your head-on collision, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries from them under Missouri or Kansas law. You can recover both your past and future damages. The types of compensation you should receive in your settlement include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity if you cannot work
  • Property damages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Out-of-pocket expenses, like towing and car rental fees
  • Wrongful death damages if a loved one was killed

Were You Injured in a Kansas City Area Motor Vehicle Accident?

If you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.