Head-on collisions are the most deadly accident type according to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. While they account for only 2 percent of all accident types, they make up over 10 percent of all fatalities.
Head on Collisions are also more prominent on rural highways like those in Tulare and the surrounding countryside. In a study involving Maine drivers, the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that in rural areas, head-on collisions make up over 5 percent of total crashes yet account for almost 50 percent of all rural traffic fatalities.
This statistic hits small towns like Tulare hard because of the numerous country roads that connect the towns in the region.
Tulare Head-On Collision Kills Three
For example, on July 1, 2019, three people died in a head-on collision involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck. According to the California Highway Patrol, a Harley Davidson carrying two people crossed the center line of Highway 190 and struck a white Ford Ranger head-on.
Both people on the Harley Davidson were ejected from the bike and died at the scene. The 94-year-old driver of the pickup also died of his injuries.
The Risk of a Head-On in Tulare
More people die in auto accidents on rural roads then they do in the cities and urban areas. Almost half of these fatalities are from a head-on collision which underscores the importance finding out why so many head-on collisions take place on country roads.
The vast majority of country roads are two-lane, undivided highways with a speed limit of 50+ miles-an-hour. This means that when two cars pass each other from opposite directions, there are just a few feet of pavement—divided only by a yellow line—that separate the vehicles from a devastating head-on collision. There are many reasons a car drifts across the center line, some of the most common are:
- Impaired Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Weather/Road Conditions
- Sun Glare
- Animal/Objects on Roadway
Common Head-On Collision Injuries
A head-on collision is marked by violence. The weight and mass of both vehicles traveling in direct opposite directions contribute to the impact. The results are most often serious injury or death.
Serious injuries are more likely to happen in a head-on collision that any other type, and some of the most commons types of injuries are:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Wrists and Hands
- Broken Ribs
- Chest Compression Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
- Deep Contusions
- Severe Lacerations
- Airbag Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
Contact a Tulare Car Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured in a head-on collision while driving in and around Tulare, contact a Tulare Car Accident Lawyer at Maison Law for a free consultation and case evaluation.
At Maison Law, we understand that accidents will happen, but when they do, the impact on the victim should be as minimal as possible.
Don’t talk to the insurance company or any of their representative until you have talked to an attorney who has experience handling personal injury cases.