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Head-on collision

A head-on collision is a traffic collision where the front ends of two vehicles hit each other when traveling in opposite directions, as opposed to a side collision or rear-end collision.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported a 58% fatality rate for vehicle occupants in frontal impact crashes in 2017. A head-on crash is more likely in a rural area, and 13% of all rural fatal crashes are head-ons. In urban areas, fewer than 7% of fatal crashes are head-ons.


Causes of head-on collisions

Sometimes an accident is just that—an accident. An accident could occur from a mechanical reason like brake failure or a power steering outage.

But usually, a head-on accident is caused when one driver is on the wrong side of the road. Often, it’s because of drunk or distracted driving (like driving while texting), unsafe passing, drowsy driving, or some other kind of confusion behind the wheel like an elderly person who accidentally enters a highway in the wrong direction.

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