What You Should Know about Head-on Car Accidents
Last month, a head-on car accident claimed the life of one man and seriously injured another on Bell Road in Antioch. The crash occurred on December 22 around 11:15 p.m. when an SUV and a sedan collided. According to the police reports, the driver of the sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a turn on the highway, crossed into oncoming traffic, and collided head-on with the SUV. The driver of the sedan was killed, and the driver of the SUV was seriously hurt.
Head-on collisions are not the most common type of car accident, but they often result in some of the most serious injuries and highest fatality rates. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our experienced car accidents attorneys are prepared to aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve after an accident. Call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation of your injury claims.
Head-On Accident Statistics
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, head-on car accidents had a 58 percent fatality rate in 2017. In 2015, head-on collisions only accounted for 2.3 percent of all car accident cases, yet they accounted for 4.1 percent of all accidents with reported injuries and 10.2 percent of crashes involving a death. This means that head-on car accidents are more likely to result in both injuries and deaths for drivers and passengers involved. Head-on car accidents are also more likely to occur on rural roads, as thirteen percent of all accidents in rural areas are head-on collisions, compared to only seven percent in urban areas. Due to some of the main causes of head-on car accidents, this type of crash is also more likely to happen in the evening and nighttime hours than during the day.
Causes of Head-on Car Accidents
There are many reasons why a head-on collision occurs, but in many cases head-on car accidents are caused by a lack of awareness. This is due to many different circumstances, but the most common are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving like checking a cell phone, or driving while drowsy. Head-on collisions also occur when a driver is confused behind the wheel, such as an elderly driver accidentally entering the highway the wrong way. Finally, head-on accidents occur when a driver loses control of their vehicle, similar to the fatal accident that occurred in Nashville last month. The driver loses the ability to keep the vehicle in their lane, traveling into oncoming traffic, and causing a head-on accident. To learn more about head-on car accidents, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Talk to Mitch Grissim & Associates Now
If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on car accident, it is critical that you speak with an experienced Nashville car accident attorney as soon as possible to begin the legal process of getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, we advocate for our clients injured in car accidents throughout the Nashville area. Call or contact us today to schedule a free case consultation.