head-on collision on rural road

Maybe you saw the other vehicle headed right toward you at the last second, or perhaps you were unaware of the impending head-on collision. Either way, the horror of the crash was immediately apparent after the accident and likely left you with many questions.

How Head-On Collisions Happen

A head-on crash usually occurs when a car, truck, or motorcycle crosses the center line into the lane of oncoming traffic or goes the wrong way down a one-way street. If you or another motorist is traveling in the opposite direction when the other driver makes the mistake, you will likely collide head-to-head.

A number of factors may contribute to these kinds of accidents, including:

  • Drunk or drugged driving. Impaired drivers may drift into oncoming traffic, try to pass a slower vehicle in front of them, or miss a wrong-way sign.
  • Drowsy driving. Tired drivers may fall asleep at the wheel or drift into the lane of oncoming traffic.
  • Distracted driving. Distracted drivers face similar risks to drunk, drugged, and drowsy drivers. While they are looking at their phone, texting, daydreaming, changing the music, or talking to a passenger, they may unintentionally cross the center line into the opposite lane of traffic.
  • Trying to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road. Some drivers may try to pass the car in front of them when they do not have a passing lane or when they do not have enough time to do so safely and may collide with oncoming traffic.
  • Vehicle defects. A tire blowout, steering problem, or other mechanical issue may cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and cross a center line.
  • Road defects. Hard-to-see signs, narrow curves, inclement weather, and other road issues may make a driver more likely to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and cause a catastrophic head-on crash.

A full investigation into your crash will reveal what caused the accident and your resulting injuries.

Potential Injuries From Head-On Crashes

The angle of the collision, the speed at which both vehicles are traveling, and other factors will determine your unique injuries. However, any time you are involved in a head-on crash, you should be aware of the following potential injuries:

  • Head injuries including traumatic brain injuries, concussions, dental injuries, and eye injuries
  • Neck and back injuries including spinal cord injuries and whiplash
  • Broken bones anywhere in the body, including to the back, arms, legs, ribs, pelvis, and hips
  • Internal injuries such as organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Disfigurement and amputation injuries

Any of these injuries could prove to be fatal.

How a Kansas City Injury Lawyer Can Help You After a Head-On Collision

The experienced Kansas City car accident lawyers at Fletcher Law Office will craft a comprehensive legal strategy to help you win your case. We have handled thousands of personal injury cases, and we know what to expect from insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Our goal is to get you fair compensation for your past and future:

  • Medical costs such as hospitalizations, surgeries, doctors’ appointments, medications, and rehabilitation therapies
  • Lost income caused by your injuries
  • Out-of-pocket losses including property damage
  • Pain and suffering for your emotional pain and physical suffering

We will thoroughly investigate your accident, aggressively negotiate with all applicable insurance companies, and take your case to court, if necessary. Throughout the process, we will work hard to resolve your claim quickly for the maximum possible compensation.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your legal rights and possible compensation after a head-on collision in Kansas or Missouri. Let’s talk about your potential lawsuit so that you can make an educated decision about what to do next.