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Frontal and Head-On Collisions
Aurora and Denver Car Accident LawyerIt is estimated that approximately 6 million motor vehicle accidents occur throughout the United States every year. Unfortunately, about half of those accidents result in injury to the individuals in the vehicles involved. These injuries can range from mild scrapes and bruises to more serious head injuries and spinal cord injuries. Severe injuries can leave victims with permanent disabilities and may even result in death. In fact, there are over 40,000 car accident fatalities every year and one of the most serious and deadly of all car accidents is the frontal collision (or head on collision).
What is a Frontal or Head-On Collision?A frontal or head on collision occurs when the front of two objects collide with each other. In an automobile accident, these objects can be two motor vehicles or it can be a motor vehicle and a stationary object (such as a tree or telephone pole). These types of collisions are quite dangerous, as they typically cause a great deal of serious bodily injury to the individuals involved.
Why Frontal Collisions Occur:The most common cause of a head on collision is lane departure. Lane departure exists where one vehicle exits the lane in which it is driving and enters a lane of traffic traveling in the opposite direction. This may happen for a number of reasons – all of which involve some sort of distraction or impairment. (For example, someone reaching for something on the floor of the car may veer into oncoming traffic. Being under the influence of alcohol or an illegal substance can also cause drivers to enter the opposite lane.) What makes this accident so deadly, is that both vehicles usually collide at full speed and with little warning.
Common Injuries From Frontal Collisions:It is almost impossible to escape injury as a result of a frontal or head-on collision. Such injuries may include:
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Facial Lacerations
- Fractured and Broken Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injuries