Los Angeles Head-On Car Accident Lawyers
Did a Wrong-Way Collision Seriously Injure You?
Head-on collisions are among the most destructive types of car accidents possible. While they are thankfully rare, they are likely to result in a catastrophic or fatal injuries for the people involved. Drivers in cars like sedans or coupes are particularly at risk, especially if they collide with a larger vehicle like a full-size pickup truck or an SUV.
Sadly, head-on collisions often occur not due to a fluke of nature or an unexpected event, but because of one driver’s negligence. For example, drivers going the wrong way on a one-way street can easily cause a head-on crash.
If you or a loved one has been in a head-on accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated. Call us right now at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, at (818) 305-6041, for a free consultation.
Head-On Crash Statistics
Statistically speaking, head-on crashes account for about 2% of all vehicle collisions. They are also more likely to occur in a rural setting than in the city, which is good news for Los Angeles drivers. Unfortunately, though they are few, head-on collisions account for more than 10% of all traffic fatalities. Frontal impacts of any kind are more likely to be fatal than side or rear impacts.
These statistics make sense when you think about what happens in a vehicle collision. The force of the impact is based on the size of the vehicle and the speed it is traveling at. More speed means more momentum. When a vehicle strikes a stationary object, it transfers that force to the object. At the same time, the object applies a similar amount of force back to the vehicle, which is why occupants are injured as the vehicle slams to a stop.
When two cars run into each other head-on, they are both receiving their own force back in addition to the force of the other vehicle. In other words, a head-on collision can double the amount of force in the impact. This creates a violent crash that can easily cause catastrophic injuries for drivers and passengers alike.
Causes of Head-On Crashes
Head-on crashes can occur in a number of ways, but usually are the result of one driver making a serious error. Some causes include:
- Going the wrong way down a one-way street. A driver who fails to pay attention to road signs might go against traffic and collide with another vehicle.
- A driver falling asleep at the wheel. The driver’s vehicle can veer into another lane, including lanes with oncoming traffic, and cause a crash.
- A driver failing to see oncoming traffic when making a turn. This is especially dangerous with middle lanes used by vehicles to turn in both directions. Failing to see another vehicle using the same lane can result in a head-on collision.
- Road rage. An aggressive driver might purposefully drive against traffic and slam into another vehicle.
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When a head-on collision occurs in Los Angeles, it is likely that one driver is to blame for causing it. If you have been harmed by a negligent driver, take action immediately. Call our Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Novik & Stanley at (818) 305-6041. Hold that driver accountable for their behavior, and recover compensation for your injuries and other losses.
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