There are many reasons why vehicle accidents happen in Cook County as well as throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area. On this site, many such accidents have been summarized. These accidents have involved cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, commercial trucks (including semi trucks), motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
As seen in these accidents, there are a broad range of accident injuries that result from such crashes. The severity of these injuries ranges from minor injuries to those injuries that immediately lead to death, or lead to fatalities days after the accident.
“Head-On Collisions” are among those accidents that typically lead to serious accident injuries, including fatal injuries. As seen below, there are many reasons why such accidents are highly physically traumatic.
Reasons For Head-On Collisions
While “head-on collisions” can occur for various reasons, often these accidents occur after one vehicle crosses the center line and travels into the opposing lane of traffic. If there is oncoming traffic, the “head-on collision” occurs if the vehicle that has crossed into the opposing lane of traffic hits an oncoming vehicle.
The resulting impact tends to be very forceful, for many reasons. Among these reasons is that typically such accidents happen at higher speeds. As well, due to the physics involved, the direct frontal impact of two vehicles creates a very forceful impact.
As to why a vehicle might cross over into the opposing lane(s) of traffic, there can be many potential reasons. These reasons include:
Loss Of Vehicle Control
Loss of vehicle control can happen for many reasons. The “Cook County Loss Of Control Accidents” page further discusses the issue. As seen on that page, reasons include certain hazardous roadway conditions, such as excessive water on the pavement that can lead to hydroplaning. As well, driver negligence – such as speeding and distracted driving – are common reasons for the driver losing control of the car.
A medical condition, such as a driver having a stroke or heart attack while driving can also lead to the driver losing control of the vehicle. Such loss of control can lead the errant vehicle to cross over into the lanes of opposing traffic.
Another major reason for loss of vehicle control is if the driver of the vehicle is impaired by either alcohol or drug usage. On this site, such accidents are summarized under the “DUI” category. While, in the past, such driver impairment typically involved alcohol (i.e. drinking before driving) recently driving after drug usage is becoming an increasingly common occurrence. This driving after (and/or during) drug use is further discussed on the “Cook County Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.
Regardless of whether the impairment is caused by alcohol and/or drugs, such impairment can cause the driver to become involved in a “head-on collision.” Among the fatal and/or serious accidents that have occurred because of drivers who are “drunk driving” are those accidents caused by “wrong-way drivers.” Such Chicago area accidents of this nature have been discussed in the posts found under the “Wrong-Way Driver Accidents” category.
Cook County Head-On Collisions
There have been many Cook County accidents which have involved “head-on collisions.” A sample of these crashes that have been discussed on this site include the following:
- April 16, 2017 – A Bridgeport accident discussed in the “Bridgeport ‘Head-On Collision’ Possibly Due To Street Racing” post
- February 16, 2017 – A Des Plaines crash, seen in “Four People Dead Following Des Plaines Car Crash“
- December 28, 2015 – In Des Plaines, discussed in “Fatal Head-On Collision In Des Plaines“
- May 16, 2015 – In Calumet City, as seen in “Fatal ‘Head-On’ Collision In Calumet City“
- December 7, 2014 – In Chicago, discussed in “Fatal ‘Head-On’ Collision In Chicago’s Humboldt Park Neighborhood“
- February 7, 2014 – In Chicago, seen in “Fatal ‘Head-On Car Collision Near O’Hare“
- September 22, 2013 – In Glenview, seen in “Fatal Head-On Car Accident In Glenview“
Accident Injuries Resulting From Front-End Collisions
As mentioned above, there are a broad range of accident injuries that can result from “head-on collisions,” and these injuries vary in severity. Many such injuries are severe in nature, and can directly or indirectly (over time) lead to fatalities.
Among the most serious injuries – that can lead to serious, lasting impairments – is traumatic brain injuries. As further discussed on the “Head Injuries Resulting From Vehicle Accidents” and “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)” pages, these brain injuries are often complex in nature. Serious head injuries often lead to death, and for those serious brain injuries that aren’t fatal, extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation is often required. Lasting impairments often result from serious head trauma.
What To Do If Injured In A “Head-On Collision”
Among the steps one should take if injured in a vehicle accident are those to protect both one’s health as well as legal rights, including the possibility of attaining accident injury compensation. The “10 Steps You Should Follow After An Auto Accident” page discusses steps to take as soon as possible after an accident injury. It is recommended that after being in an accident, a thorough medical exam is performed for both medical and legal reasons. From a medical perspective, while many injuries will be immediately apparent after an accident, others – including those that can be very serious in nature – may not be immediately apparent to the person injured. If left untreated, some of these injuries that have delayed-onset symptoms may pose serious health problems or otherwise become life-threatening in nature. Among the serious injuries that may not have immediately-apparent symptoms are head injuries as well as various types of internal bleeding.
Getting Accident Injury Compensation
For accidents in which another person is at fault, those injured may be able to receive accident injury compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.
The Illinois personal injury trial lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group provide a free legal consultation to discuss the accident and injury situation. This initial legal consultation is provided free and is confidential. Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, can be reached at (773) 392-8182, at any time.
During this consultation, you can learn what is involved in filing a personal injury lawsuit, as well as what types and amounts of compensation may be available given the injuries and the overall legal situation.
Among the types of compensation that may be attained through a lawsuit include the following:
- Medical costs (including past, current and future expenses)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of function
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Other economic damages
Elman Joseph Law Group, of Chicago, has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 25 years. During this time it has handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits. It has earned a reputation for its trial capabilities, which in many cases has led to higher accident compensation for its clients.
Elman Joseph Law Group handles cases on a “contingency” basis…clients are not charged legal fees unless and until they get money