Head-On Car Accidents in Long Beach, CA
car accidents are the same. In fact, there are many different "types," all
of which have varying levels of severity. Knowing the
type of car accident that you were involved in can help immensely with the auto insurance claim
process; in many cases, it can help to more easily define liability and
help point to the person who is most likely at fault. One of the most
common types of accidents is what is known as a "head-on collision,"
where two vehicles drive toward one another and strike each other head
on. According to statistics released by the Fatal Analysis Reporting System
(FARS) in 1999, almost 20 percent of non-interchange, non-junction fatal
car accidents involved a head-on collision.
What is so dangerous about head-on crashes?
In most cases, head-on crashes occur when one car crosses either the median
or the centerline and goes into the opposing lane; in some cases, it can
even happen when a driver merges the wrong way onto the freeway or even
just drive the wrong way down a one-way street. Another common cause of
head-on crashes is on two-lane roads where a driver attempts to pass to
the left of a driver in front of them; if not timed correctly or if done
illegally (e.g., around a curve), it can cause catastrophic, even fatal, crashes.
Head-on collisions are especially dangerous because they stop the forward
motion of the car so suddenly. In fact, if two cars equal in weight and
size crash into each other while going the same speed, it would be the
same as if they crashed into a solid wall. There is nothing to absorb
the impact of the force, nothing to give way-in fact, it would even be
better to run into a parked car since it would move and provide some leeway.
This type of crash causes all of the kinetic energy to turn into mechanical
energy, which then causes severe and even fatal injuries to the drivers
and all of the different passengers.
How These Types of Car Accidents Can Be Avoided
Many strategies can be utilized to avoid head-on collisions-several of
which are being considered and implemented across the state and nationwide.
These include ideas like the following:
- Installing rumble or thermoplastic strips as a centerline;
- Providing wider cross sections;
- Installing center two-way left-turn lanes;
- Installing a buffer median on two-lane roads;
- Installing more solid median barriers; and
- Installing more passing lanes or four-lane sections.
Were you injured in a head-on collision?
While head-on car accidents only account for a mere two percent of all
crashes, they account for a whopping ten percent of all fatal traffic
collisions. If you were injured in a head-on crash, or if you lost a loved
one in a deadly accident, you deserve to receive comprehensive legal representation.
These types of accidents often can be avoided with the proper care and
caution since they are often caused by human error-for example, speeding,
falling asleep behind the wheel, incorrect passing, and even distracted or
drunk driving. If these types of actions caused you or a loved one to suffer, we encourage you to
contact a Long Beach personal injury lawyer from our firm today. With a 100% success rate, we are committed to our
clients. If you have questions or would like to request a free case consultation
with our firm, contact Overett Group today to learn more about how we can help!