Because high rates of speed are often involved in head-on accidents, the damage to all involved can be extensive. It is not uncommon for victims to suffer brain damage that causes lasting cognitive and physical disabilities.
The good news: Head-ons are rare compared to other types of accidents. They also tend to happen in rural areas. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that head-on collisions account for 13 percent of all rural fatalities. Less than 7 percent of deadly accidents in urban areas involve two cars colliding head on.
What Causes Head-on Collisions?
The overwhelming majority of car accidents involve human error. Head-on collisions are no exception. Factors that contribute to these kinds of accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Driving while tired
- Not adjusting to poor weather or low visibility
- Being careless when passing a vehicle
Seeking Medical Attention After Any Car Accident
Untreated symptoms can get worse. We all want to shake off accidents, but that can be unwise. Many accidents produce an assortment of pain:
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
And, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), car accidents are the leading cause of PTSD in this country. Symptoms include:
- Reliving the crash through nightmares and flashbacks
- Anxiety or depression
- Not being able to concentrate
- Irrationally blaming others or yourself for the accident
Clearly, a car wreck involving a head-on collision can be devastating, complicated and then some. Lives are often never the same after such a violent collision, starting with the physical pain and the mounting medical bills.
The car accident lawyers at the Texas-based law firm of Tracey & Fox can help get what victims need and deserve when it comes to compensation. Insurance companies often make “low-ball’’ offers, but we fight for full compensation for all the future medical treatment you need and other accident-related expenses.
Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.