Injured in a Head-On Crash?
Head-on accidents occurring in Illinois may cause serious injuries, which require extensive medical treatment and time off work to recover. According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than 3,400 head-on crashes occurred across the U.S. in 2017. Over 10% of such accidents resulted in deaths, while many others caused serious injuries.
Common Causes of Head-On Car Crashes
Occurring when the front ends of vehicles strike each other or other objects, numerous factors contribute to head-on car wrecks. Some of the most common of these include the following:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failing to adjust to weather or road conditions
Drivers ignoring traffic signs and signals may also lead to head-on car accidents.
Head-On Accident Injuries
Whatever the cause, head-on collisions may cause a range of injuries from minor to catastrophic or fatal. Those involved in these types of accidents may suffer bruises, cuts, and broken bones. Additionally, the drivers and passengers in head-on crashes may suffer spinal cord injuries, head trauma, facial injuries, or damage to their internal organs. Some of the injuries suffered by those involved in head-on accidents may resolve with treatment and time. Others, however, may require lifelong care or may die as a result of their injuries.
The injuries resulting from this type of accident may occur due to the force of the crash itself. Other times, they may result from damage sustained to the vehicles, getting jostled within the cab of the automobile, or due to getting struck by airbags as they deploy.
Compensation for Injury-Associated Losses
When people suffer injuries due to head-on wrecks, they may pursue compensation from the drivers responsible for causing their accidents for their associated losses. Among other damages, those injured in head-on collisions may seek to recover compensation for their associated medical expenses, the costs of any associated future medical care, lost income during their recoveries, and pain and suffering.
Often, the insurance companies for those responsible for causing such accidents to bear the financial responsibility for any resulting injuries. When they cannot recover fair compensation for their injuries from the insurance companies, however, those injured in head-on accidents may choose to take legal action. Drivers or passengers who suffer injuries due to involvement in head-on crashes must file personal injury claims within two years of the date on which the collisions occurred.