Causes and Dangers of Frontal Impacts
Front-end collisions are one of the most dangerous types of car crashes. People often have questions, especially after having been in an accident. The following are common questions regarding head-on accidents.
What is a front-end collision?
Also called a frontal or head-on impact, a front-end collision occurs when two vehicle collide with each other head-on.
Why are head-on collisions so devastating?
The force and momentum of the two vehicles are in direct opposition to each other. For example, if two cars are traveling at 50 mph and their front ends crash into each other, this would be like hitting a wall or tree at 100 mph.
What causes frontal impact accidents?
Drivers can become fatigued and fall asleep at the wheel. Or drivers might be impaired by drugs or alcohol or distracted by texting. Their vehicle leaves the lane and drifts into the lane of an oncoming car who cannot stop or swerve in time to avoid the accident. Other causes could include mechanical failure or a defective part that makes the driver lose control. In addition, medical conditions that render a driver unconscious, such as a stroke or heart attack can also cause crashes. Sometimes road conditions cause a vehicle to hit an icy patch, spinning a vehicle around and putting it in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
How common and deadly are front-end accidents?
According to the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/passenger-vehicle-occupants, front-end collisions caused 58 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities in 2020.
Who is at fault in a rear-end crash?
The driver whose car went into the wrong lane would be at fault for the accident.
What kinds of defense could affect the outcome in a front-end collision case?
Generally, this type of accident is clearcut. However, if a child ran out into the road and the driver swerved into the wrong lane to avoid hitting the child, this could be a possible defense.
Do you have questions about your rights in an accident?
We can review the facts and circumstances related to your accident and evaluate whether you have a case. To arrange a free consultation, contact the Law Office of John Fazzini. Call us at (631) 547-8989 or reach out to us through our contact form.