A motorist hit head-on is 27 times more likely to be killed.
Birmingham, AL- One of the worst types of traffic collisions a person can be involved in is a head-on collision. The danger of suffering a fatal or critical injury is significantly higher if a motorist is involved in a head-on collision. A recent Birmingham-area incident demonstrates the devastation of head-on collisions.
The accident occurred on October 6th at the intersection of Flint Hill Road and Luverne Avenue in Bessemer. AL.com reports that a man driving a motorcycle crossed over the center line and struck an oncoming car head-on.
Sadly, the motorcyclist, a 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are not sure why he crossed over the center line and are still investigating the collision, according to AL.com.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wrong-way head-on crashes only occur in a mere 3 percent of accidents on divided highways, but they are more likely to result in deadly or serious injuries. In a past special investigative report “Wrong-way Driving,” the NHTSA reports on a Virginia study which found that the person involved in a head-on collision is 27 percent more likely to suffer fatal injuries than victims of other types of collisions.
Distraction, fatigue, and intoxication are the three leading causes of head-on collisions.
Head-on collisions are so deadly because they typically occur on highways where the motorists are traveling at high rates of speed. Drivers who are approached by a vehicle going the wrong way, don’t usually have the time to react or make evasive maneuvers, so they are hit with a great force of impact.
The NHTSA cites another study from California which found that head-on collisions are 12 times for likely to result in death than other auto accidents. The data above shows head-on collisions are more lethal than other types of collision impact, but any traffic accident has the potential to be deadly.
There are several different causes of head-on collisions including fatigue, distraction, and intoxication, according to the NHTSA. Motorists are more likely to get confused and enter a high exit or on-ramp going in the wrong direction if they are intoxicated or not paying attention to the road. In almost all cases, negligence plays a key role in deadly and injurious accidents and the responsible parties should be held accountable for the harm they called.
If you are the victim of a head-on collision or lost a loved one to wrong-way driver, USAttorneys recommends you get expert legal advice. Our accomplished team of accident lawyers in Birmingham, Alabama will work tirelessly on your claim, so you are justly compensated for your crash. Call and set up a consultation today and learn how you can benefit from having legal help.

You should speak with a personal injury lawyer if you are severely injured or lost a loved one a head-on collision.

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