What makes head-on crashes so serious?

In a head-on collision, there is a much greater chance that the people involved will get hurt or killed. Why? It comes down to speed and the angle of impact.

If you think about a head-on crash, you can imagine two vehicles headed for one another. They may both be traveling at the speed limit or above. They may then hit head-on, doubling the speed to a force at least or more than twice as high as if they’d been hit traveling in the same direction, such as in a rear-end crash.

Though getting hit at 35 mph might be relatively without risk, the same is not true of being hit at 75 mph. That’s what makes a head-on crash more dangerous than other forms.

How does the angle of impact play a role in injuries?

The angle of an impact makes a big difference in the injuries that are suffered. For example, someone hit in a T-bone crash might face a direct impact. In a head-on crash, both vehicles’ front ends should collapse inward to absorb some of the shock, but the drivers are still subject to heavy forces that may cause whiplash and other injuries from a sudden stop.

In a rear-end crash, people are likely to suffer from whiplash, but the driver of the front vehicle is further from the point of impact and may suffer fewer injuries if only those two vehicles are involved.

No matter what kind of crash it is, serious injuries could occur. If they do, remember that you may be able to hold the other driver accountable. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about what legal options are available.

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