Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions happen when one motor vehicle strikes another directly in the front. Normally, when two cars collide head-on one or both cars are going at high speeds. A head-on collision can be a terrifying and painful experience for all occupants involved in the crash.

Statistics estimate that only 2 percent of car accidents are head-on collisions. However, head-on collisions account for well over 10 percent of driving fatalities.  A head-on collision will not only cause great force on both driver and passengers, but can also result in injury from shattered windshields or other car debris.

If a person is facing injuries from a head-on collision it is imperative they contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Chicago Attorney for Head-On Collisions, IL

Are you suffering or have suffered from an injury due to a head-on crash in the Northern Illinois area? It is in your best interest to not consult an insurance company without legal representation. Contact Susan E. Loggans & Associates to find an attorney experienced in personal injury.

Susan E. Loggans & Associates has been representing those who have been injured in automobile accidents for nearly 30 years. Our attorneys have assisted clients throughout the First Judicial Circuit and nearby counties including Lake County, McHenry County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Kankakee County.

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Overview of Head-On Collisions in Cook County


Causes for Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions do not happen often. Most head-on collisions happen at intersections with many lanes of traffic. However, there are many causes for a head-on collision.

Some common causes for head-on collisions involve:

  • Road Conditions – Poor road maintenance, inclement weather, objects intruding the road way can cause a head-on car accident.
  • Driving Under the Influence – A person using a motor vehicle while impaired with drugs or alcohol is a common cause for head-on collisions.
  • Distracted Driving – Any sort of distraction such as a cell phone, radio, tablet, etc. can cause a driver to sway into oncoming traffic.
  • Fatigued Driving – Often times, especially for truck drivers, drivers may drive fatigued or fall asleep at the wheel. This can cause a car accident.
  • Reckless Driving – Risky drivers who weave lanes, swerve into oncoming traffic, or rush through stop lights have a high chance for a head-on collision.

Common Injuries with Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions can result in serious injuries. Most head-on accidents happen at high speeds. High speed crashes can result in significant medical care.

Common injuries that occur after a head-on collision can include any number of the following:

  • Neck Injuries or "Whiplash" – Some people experience neck pain or injuries as a result of a head-on collision. Often in a high impact car accident a person's neck may be stretched beyond its normal length. When the neck is unnaturally extended it can be a result of whiplash. Although not life threatening, whiplash can seriously affect one's way of life. Other neck injuries one may experience during a head-on collision are slipped or herniated discs.
  • Head Injuries – Often in a car crash a person may have their head whipped back and forth. Not only is this painful but it can lead to brain injuries. When a person's skull is moved at a high speed the brain may knock against it. A head or brain injury can result in concussions, traumatic brain injury, and other unnamed conditions.
  • Broken Bones – Many people experience broken legs, arms, ribs, etc. during a head-on collision. A broken bone normally occurs when the front bumper or side of the car door is crushed. Sometimes the deployment of the airbags
  • Back Injuries – Since a person is normally smashed back and forth in their seat, a back injury is very common. A few widespread back injuries from head-on crashes are slipped discs, herniated discs, and a bruised or broken spinal column. All of these injuries are detrimental to one's lifestyle and can result in nerve damage or paralysis.
  • Lost Limbs – In incredibly dangerous head-on collisions limbs may be severed or crushed. Amputation may be the only answer for severe limb injuries.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries – Damage to a person's muscles, ligament, or tendons is common in head-on collisions. All of these can be incredibly painful and can happen long-term.
  • Cuts – Shattered windshields or side windows can result in severe cuts to the face or body. Some of these injuries can be disfiguring and require plastic surgery.

Additional Resources

Traffic Safety Facts – Visit the National Center for Statistics and Analysis crash report. See differing statistics for urban areas regarding collisions, collision survival rates, head-on collisions, and more. Read traffic safety facts and data for car accidents around the country.

General Statistics of Passenger Vehicle Occupants – By far the largest number of motor vehicle crash deaths are occupants of passenger vehicles including cars, minivans, pickups, and SUVs. Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety & Highway Loss Data Institute for statistics regarding passenger vehicle occupants.

What Happens to Your Body in a Crash? – Visit the Roads and Maritime Services a NSW government agency established under sec. 46 of the Transportation Administration Act 1988. Read an article about what can happen to the human body during a car crash.


Find a Lawyer for Head-On Collision Crashes in Chicago, IL

Have you been involved in a head-on collision caused by another person? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Susan E. Loggans & Associates to have an evaluation for your case.

The attorneys at Susan E. Loggans & Associates have years of experience in handling auto accident cases. We accept cases throughout the Cook County Judicial Circuit and nearby communities such as Kankakee in Kankakee County, Woodstock in McHenry County, Yorkville in Kendall County, and Geneva in Kane County.

Go and get what you deserve. Dial (302) 201-8600 or schedule an appointment online for a free initial consultation.


This article was last updated by Jordan Anderson, on June 21st, 2018.