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Head-On Automobile Collisions


Head-on collisions, also known as frontal crashes, are arguably the most dangerous kind of car accident. These crashes occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other.

Head-on collisions often cause more catastrophic injuries and fatalities than other collisions because of the combined speed of each vehicle.

Causes of Head-On Collisions

These potentially deadly collisions typically occur when one driver ends up on the wrong side of the road and strikes oncoming traffic. Common causes of a frontal crash include impaired driving, distracted driving, or reckless driving. Less common situations include unsafe passing, driver fatigue, or driver confusion (i.e. driving the wrong way on a one-way street or entering the highway in the wrong direction).

Other causes that can contribute to head-on collisions are hazards on the road, and inclement weather. Many of these crashes are more likely to occur in rural areas, at high speed, and at night. When these accidents do happen, the injuries are typically very severe.

Head-On Collision Statistics

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), only 2% of automobile collisions are head-on collisions, but they account for around 10% of driving fatalities. Notably, 75% of all head-on collisions occur on rural roads, such as two lane roads.

Possible Damages Recoverable

In the event of a head on collision, compensation may be available for the following damages:

  • Hospital & doctor bills
  • The cost of future medical care related to the accident
  • Lost wages and future lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Compensation for disability or disfigurement

North Carolina Automobile Collision Attorneys

Maginnis Howard’s lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard is experienced in handling complex cases involving victims of head-on collisions.

All personal injury matters are handled on a contingency basis – meaning that you do not pay any attorneys’ fee unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf. You can call us at 919.526.0450 or send a message through our contact page.