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The Dangers of Head-on Auto Accidents

By Matt Quick on December 03, 2017

People exchanging information after a head-on auto accidentHead-on accidents are not a common occurrence, accounting for only about two percent of all accidents, but when they do occur, the results can be catastrophic or even fatal. Head-on collisions are so dangerous due to the high force of impact common to these types of accidents. When both parties are driving at speed, the impact is amplified and often deadly. An experienced car accidents attorney can help those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a head-on collision obtain compensation for their pain and suffering, and more importantly, hold negligent drivers responsible for their recklessness. The attorneys of Quick Law Group, PLLC represent victims of head-on auto accidents in Seattle, WA and Bellevue, WA and are ready to help you in your time of need.

Common Causes of Head-on Collisions

Head-on collisions may occur for a number of reasons. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Reckless driving: Reckless driving, including weaving between lanes and speeding, greatly increases the risk of head-on accidents. Such reckless driving is particularly dangerous on two-lane highways, rural roads, and city streets.
  • Distracted driving: Distracted driving, which refers to driving while participating in any activity that diverts a driver's focus away from the road, is a leading cause of all auto-accidents. Some common types of distracted driving including texting, talking on a cellphone (including a hands-free device), talking to passengers, playing with the radio, or eating.
  • Passing on a two-lane road: Trying to pass a slower vehicle on a two-lane road can lead to a catastrophic head-on collision, especially when you take into consideration that many people speed up when trying to overtake another vehicle.
  • Driving under the influence: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs a person's ability to make decisions and to drive safely, which can lead to a head-on collision.
  • Drowsy driving: Driving while fatigued can impair judgment as severely as driving while drunk. Additionally, falling asleep at the wheel can cause a driver to veer into oncoming traffic.
  • Poor or missing signage: Obstructed, missing, or otherwise poor road signs can increase the risk of driver error and head-on collisions.
  • Poor road conditions: Poor road conditions, such as potholes, debris, or sharp turns can cause drivers to swerve, increasing the risk of head-on auto accidents.
  • Poor weather conditions: Poor weather conditions, including rain, snow, and fog, can make it difficult to see while driving, increasing the risk of head-on collisions.

Common Injuries in Head-on Auto Accidents

At worst, head-on collisions can be fatal, but they can also lead to catastrophic injuries that require lengthy hospital stays, rehabilitation, loss of income, and permanent disability. Some common injuries sustained in head-on auto accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Concussion
  • Injuries to the internal organs
  • Amputation
  • Paralysis

Seek Legal Help from Quick Law Group, PLLC

The impact of a head-on auto accident can cause lifelong trauma, grief, and disability. Those who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a head-on accident caused by the negligence of another driver may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. Seeking legal help from the experienced car accident attorneys at Quick Law Group, PLLC can ensure reckless drivers are held accountable for their negligence. Contact our law firm to learn more about your legal options.

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