Thousands of passengers and motor vehicle drivers are severely injured or killed in head-on collisions every year in the U.S. In fact, head-on collisions resulted in 3,613 deaths in 2019. The majority of head-on crashes involve one vehicle exiting their lane and crashing head-on with oncoming vehicles moving in the opposite direction. But what causes these serious and potentially fatal car accidents?
Common Causes of Texas Head-On Collision Accidents
In most catastrophic head-on collisions, one of the drivers loses control of their vehicle or becomes distracted. The following driver actions or behaviors can often cause head-on crashes:
Distracted Driving – Electronic devices, most notably mobile phones, could easily distract drivers and make them lose control of their cars, causing a head-on accident.
- Drunk or Drugged Driving – Drugs and alcohol can impair drivers' senses, slow down their reaction time, and impair their judgment, often causing all sorts of devastating motor vehicle accidents.
- Driver Fatigue – Driving while fatigued or falling asleep behind the wheel causes serious accidents each year, including head-on crashes.
- Reckless Driving – Drivers who attempt to pass other vehicles by speeding or swerving into oncoming traffic and lose control of their vehicles typically cause head-on collisions.
Other head-on collision causes besides negligent driver behaviors include poorly maintained roadways, adverse weather conditions, and malfunctioning traffic control devices.
What Happens to People Involved in a Head-On Collision?
A lot can happen during the split second where two vehicles crash head-on at high or even moderate speeds.. A study about head-on crashes found that unrestrained vehicle occupants are particularly vulnerable to catastrophic injuries and death. The speed at which two cars approach each other (closing speed) is usually too fast to let the drivers respond properly to the situation. Once the two cars collide head-on, the occupants will be hurled forward. Depending on the severity of the impact, the accident might throw the occupants out of the car.
Another study by the Insurance Information Institute, a test dummy manufacturer, and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that a head-on collision in which two similar cars are moving at roughly the same speed would cause multiple bone fractures and severe neck, spine, or brain injuries.
Both of these studies also found that wearing seatbelts can greatly help reduce the occupants' injuries. Additionally, they suggest that drivers can avoid head-on collisions by being more aware of their surroundings when driving, not driving while intoxicated, and driving defensively.
Speak to an Experienced Texas Car Accident Attorney Today
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