Why Head-on Collisions are More Dangerous
A head on collision occurs when two cars traveling in opposite directions crash into each other. These auto accidents are among the most dangerous because the force of the impact is doubled due to the traveling speed of each vehicle. Therefore, even a relatively slow auto accident with each car traveling at 25mph will result in a tremendous impact equal to the force of hitting a wall at 50mph. Considering that most people travel slightly above the speed limit, it is more likely that you will experience a 60-70 mph impact if involved in a head-on collision.
Who is Liable in a Head-on Collision?
Fault for a head-on collision is typically attributed to the driver who heads the wrong way or departs his lane and crosses into oncoming traffic. However, proving liability requires establishing the four legal elements of negligence:
- Duty of care: A driver has a duty to you and other motorists to drive safely and keep you from undue harm. This duty entails remaining in the lane and obeying traffic signs and laws.
- Breach of duty: If a driver engages in high-risk behavior such as speeding, texting and driving, or driving under the influence, he has failed to uphold the duty of care.
- Causation: The breach caused your accident, e.g., the other driver entered the highway going the wrong direction and crashed into your car.
- Damages: You must substantiate your injuries and damage, through medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of future earning potential.
To establish negligence, your auto accident attorney will collect police reports, photos of the vehicles and accident scene, and witness statements. Your lawyer may also use your medical records, bills, wage and earnings data, and medical expert testimony to prove your damages.