Head-On Collisions


Head-On Collisions can be a person’s worst nightmare and cause her/him to suffer on a number of levels. For example, a loved one could be killed, you could suffer the loss of a limb, your child may have to live the rest of he/she’s life in a wheel chair. The person who caused the collision will have to live with the memory for the rest of their lives of the suffering that the people in the accident have endured and most likely are still enduring. The amount of damage that has been caused, a continues to be caused, by Head-On Collisions can be staggering. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA), approximately 10% of those involved in head-on collisions will die, and for those who were fortunate to survive approximately 60,000.00 are injured.

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, our Personal Injury Lawyers have had tremendous success representing our clients in these cases from getting you or your loved one the proper medical care to collecting the amount of compensation that a client deserves under the circumstances. We also have over 50 years of collective experience in many types of Motor Vehicle accidents so if you or a loved one have been involved in an accident that caused an injury, then please Contact Us for our free legal consultation. You may contact us by phone at (770) 865-8654 or (813) 363-6664, by email at juliericelaw@outlook.com, and/or by completing and submitting our Contact Us form on our website.

There are many reasons for this type of motor vehicle accident that have been researched as early as the 1950s. For the most part, the research has been categorized into two (2) different types of case scenarios: Non-Intersection and Intersection. In both non-intersection and intersection tests and results, the most common reasons for a head-on collision are known as Critical Reasons. Critical Reasons account for approximately 1,289,283 non-intersection crashes each year. The highest percentage of driver attributed Critical Reason is Driving Too Fast for Conditions such as not slowing down for a curve in the road (22.8%), Performance Error is the next highest Critical Reason (15.9%), Internal Distraction is a Critical Reason (13.4%) along with Non-Performance Errors being the lowest Critical Reason (10.8%).

There has also been data collected and analyzed for both intersection crashes and non-intersection crashes. The studies have shown that there are many reasons for these types of collisions and have broken causation down to the following:

  1. Recognition Errors are errors such as not paying attention, being distracted by something in your car or outside of your car, and surveillance that was not adequate.
  2. Decision Errors are errors such as driving too fast for conditions or aggressive driving, false assumption of others actions, illegal maneuver, and misjudgment of gap or another person’s speed.
  3. Performance Error such as overcompensation and poor directional control.
  4. Non-Performance Error such as falling asleep at the wheel or having a heart attack.
  5. Other Driver Attributed Error where the other driver made one or more of the mistakes covered here.
  6. Environmental Reasons such as fog, rain, snow, and ice.
  7. It is Unknown what the Critical Reason was for the crash.

Your chances of having a head-on collision are reduced greatly as you use safety precautions including, but not limited to, avoiding, or having minimal, internal distractions while driving, and staying focused on the road, following speed limits, and respecting all road signs and signals are all good safety rules that should be followed by everyone on the road. There is much supporting data and research that concludes that a death from a motor vehicle accident occurred due to the lack of safety belts being worn so make sure that everyone in the vehicle buckles up.

As set forth herein-above, human error can play a major role in whether or not a certain set of circumstances result in a head-on collision. The other major player in these scenarios is the vehicle itself. Since the Head-On, or frontal, Crash is the most common type of crash resulting in fatalities, major strides have been made in frontal protection, thanks in large part to the crash test program that the NHTSA began in the late 1970s, and the crashworthiness evaluations that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) began in 1955.

To date, there are two types of tests conducted to determine the safety and likely hood of survival from a head on collision. These tests are called the Moderate Overlap Frontal Test and the Small Overlap Frontal Test. With these tests, and others, the durability of a vehicle is tested in a controlled environment. The more durable a vehicle after rigorous testing, the greater the chance that persons inside that vehicle will survive a head-on collision.

These tests and what we can learn from the tests have proven to be very beneficial. An analysis of 14 years worth of crash data involving IIHS-rated vehicles shows that a driver of a vehicle that rated good in the moderate overlap test is 46% less likely to die in a frontal crash. A driver of a vehicle rated acceptable or marginal is 33 % less likely to die than a driver of a poor rated vehicle. These performance tests are not only good at showing which vehicle may be safer than another vehicle when faced with the fate of a head-on collision, these tests can show the designers and engineers what areas of the vehicle need improvement before the vehicle is released to the consumer.

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates our Lawyers are experts and have success representing thousands of people and families who have suffered as a result of Motor Vehicle Accidents in Cobb County, Fulton County, Cherokee County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, and in the cities of Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur, Canton and Lawrenceville; just to name few. If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence or if a loved one has been tragically killed then contact us immediately for your free legal consultation by and or all of the following means; by phone at (770) 865-8654 and (813) 363-6664, or by email at juliericelaw@outlook.com; and/or Contact Us here on our website.

We look forward to working with you and getting you all of the just compensation that you deserve!