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One of the most frightening types of collisions a person may be involved in a head-on accident. This type of car accident occurs when the front ends of two vehicles collide, often on a road where no median is present. In Illinois, there were an estimated 311,679 car accidents reported in 2017, and less than 1% were head-on collisions. However, there were more than 2,500 head-on accidents that same year, and 4.3% were fatal accidents. Head-on accidents typically involve two vehicles. In some cases, however, they include vehicles colliding with fixed objects such as light poles, fences, or trees. These types of accidents can be severe and may cause many different types of injuries. If such a crash involves speeding, the consequences may be deadly. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a head-on crash, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. At Spiros Law, P.C., we have detailed knowledge of the traffic laws in our state and fight for maximum compensation on behalf of our clients. We have offices in Charleston, IL and serve clients throughout the surrounding communities.

For a free, no-obligation review of your head-on accident claim, call (217) 516-3451.

Causes Of Head-On Collisions

Rural roads are frequent locations for head-on crashes, but neighborhood roads and most others where medians do not separate lanes can also be sites for such accidents. According to the Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 76% of head-on wrecks in 2017 occurred on un-divided, two-lane roads. Of the accidents surveyed, 6% were caused by failing to pass or overtake another vehicle. Although the type of road may increase the likelihood of a head-on accident, there are many other root causes of such collisions:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to maintain vehicle control
  • Fatigued driving
  • Improper passing
  • Driving under the influence
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Failure to obey traffic signs/signals

Furthermore, poor construction-zone redirecting and unfamiliarity with the area can cause a driver to turn down a one-way road and collide with another vehicle.

Injuries Caused By Head-On Accidents

In Illinois, there were more than 2,000 persons injured in head-on collisions. These were the cause of 2% of all traffic accident injuries in the state. Injuries sustained in a head-on car accident may include:

  • Head trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Airbag injuries
  • Neck and back trauma
  • Dental damage
  • Internal organ injuries

The type of injuries a person suffers can also depend on what types of safety devices were in use. A driver or passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt may suffer from more serious injuries, particularly if ejected from the vehicle at the time of impact.

Protect Your Rights After A Head-On Accident

The force and location of impact make head-on collisions some of the deadliest accidents on Illinois roadways. Our Charleston, IL head-on collision attorneys understand how frightening such an accident can be, particularly if it was due to no fault of your own. We are dedicated to helping victims fight for their right to fair and just compensation. Our attorneys work with top experts in such areas as accident reconstruction, civil engineering, product design, and toxicology to make powerful cases for our clients.

To discuss your case with a caring and experienced professional, call (217) 516-3451.