It was a typical day when you realized that the driver in the opposite lane was drifting across the centerline. You had nowhere to go, so there was no way to avoid the collision. If you had moved out of the way, you might have hit someone else or run yourself off the road.

As a result of being unable to leave your lane, you ended up in a head-on collision. Head-on collisions are some of the most dangerous. In these collisions, both drivers are closer together when they hit, and it’s possible to shatter windshields and to crush the fronts of the vehicles.

In a head-on collision, the momentum of the vehicles is equal to the speed each is traveling at the time. For example, if you are traveling at 40 mph and the other vehicle is traveling at 60 mph, it’s fair to say that the combined force of 100 mph is what the accident will really result in. This is unlike other kinds of crashes where momentum may be in the direction of travel, like in the case of a rear-end collision.

Hitting someone at 40 mph is significantly different than hitting someone at 100 mph, which is why a head-on collision is so dangerous. The force is enough to crush the front end of vehicles, to propel a vehicle into the air and to throw individuals who don’t wear seat belts through the windshield.

The sudden stop of a head-on collision is extremely harmful to the body. It’s not uncommon to see individuals suffer contusions from their seat belts or to have whiplash from the sudden stopping motion.

After a crash, getting the medical help you need is vital to your survival and healing. Our website has more on head-on crashes and what you can do to get the compensation you need.