As seen on this site, there are many reasons for vehicle accidents. This site has summarized many accidents that have occurred in DuPage County over the last few years.
Among the accidents that cause the worst crash injuries are those that involve “head-on collisions.” These collisions usually involve one vehicle “crossing the center line,” driving into the path of an oncoming vehicle, and colliding with that oncoming vehicle. Due to the many factor involved – including that these types of accidents typically involve higher speeds – such collisions are usually highly physically traumatic to the vehicle occupants. As such, and due to the unnatural and strong physical forces involved, accident injuries are usually serious in nature and often can be life-threatening, possibly leading to death.
Reasons For “Head-On Collisions”
There are many reasons that “head-on collisions” occur. Among these reasons are the following:
Loss of Vehicle Control
There are many reasons why a loss of vehicle control can occur. This topic is further discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving Loss Of Control” page. Some of the reasons are due to the actions of the driver. Among these reasons are if the driver is driving too fast, thus causing a loss of control; or, if the driver is driving too fast for conditions, which may be the case during a rain or snow storm.
Other reasons for loss of control may be outside the control of the driver. For instance, there may be a patch of ice (or black ice) on the roadway that may lead to a loss of control. Another factor that is outside the control of the driver is road deformities, that includes such things as large potholes or other holes in the roadway, or pavement buckling. The force of hitting such deformities may cause a loss of control.
Other reasons that may lead to a loss of control is various types of mechanical failures. While there are many types of mechanical failures that can occur on a vehicle, one of the most common types that can lead to vehicle instability and a driver’s loss of control is a tire blowout. There are many reasons why tire blowouts can occur; among these reasons are underinflated tires; badly worn tires; and vehicles that are overloaded. If these three factors exist at the same time, the risk of a tire blowout is (substantially) increased.
Any of the above reasons for loss of control can lead to a driver crossing the center line, and cause a “head-on collision” with another vehicle.
Distracted driving has been the cause of many Chicago-area accidents. Distracted driving is further discussed on the “Distracted Driving” page. As discussed on that page, while there are many activities that may lead to a driver being “distracted,” perhaps the most common is that involving texting. However, there are many other activities that may take one’s “eyes off the road” or otherwise impair one from operating the vehicle in a sufficiently safe fashion.
Distracted driving can lead to a “head-on collision” if the distracted driving leads the vehicle to “drift” into an opposing lane of traffic, or otherwise cross the center line. Due to the distances covered under higher speeds, all it takes is a (very) limited amount of driver distraction to lead to an errant vehicle that causes a collision.
There are various reasons why a driver may become impaired, and these impaired drivers have become involved in “head-on collisions.” Perhaps the most well-known reason for driver impairment is driving after drinking (DUI), i.e. “drunk driving.” However, another type of driver impairment – driving after drug use, i.e. “drugged driving” – is also increasingly common. Drugged driving is further discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page. As mentioned on that page, “drugged driving” can involve either illegal and/or prescription drugs. Such drug use before – or during – driving can be even more hazardous if alcohol is also ingested in addition to the drug use.
Often, driver impairment – whether it be drunk driving or “drugged driving” – has led to “wrong-way driving,” which frequently leads to “head-on collisions.”
DuPage County “Head-On Collisions”
There have been a number of recent DuPage County “head-on collisions,” many of which have been summarized on this site. Below are some of those accidents:
- August 1, 2017 – a Glendale Heights fatal “head-on collision” as seen in the post titled “‘Head-On Collision’ In Glendale Heights Leads To Death Of Driver“
- April 7, 2017 – a Bartlett fatal frontal collision as described in the post titled “Bartlett Fatal ‘Head-On Collision’ At Route 59 And Bartlett Road“
- February 24, 2017 – a double-fatal crash in West Chicago as summarized in the post titled “Double Fatal Crash Involving Head-On Collision In West Chicago“
- December 2, 2016 – an accident that led to three fatalities as discussed in “Three Fatalities In Naperville I-88 ‘Wrong-Way Driver’ Collision“
- August 3, 2016 – a “wrong-way driver” crash near Addision as summarized in “‘Head-On Collision’ Involving ‘Wrong-Way Driver’ On Route 83“
- July 31, 2016 – a fatal accident in unincorporated Bensenville as discussed in “Fatal ‘Head-On’ Collision In Unincorporated Bensenville“
- January 1, 2016 – a Darien fatal crash seen in “Fatal Head-On Crash In Darien“
- November 12, 2015 – a fatal Oak Brook crash discussed in “Fatal ‘Head-On’ Vehicle Accident In Oak Brook“
- June 7, 2015 – an accident in Naperville as discussed in the post titled “Head-On Crash in Naperville Injures Two Drivers“
- December 5, 2014 – a West Chicago crash seen in “Fatal Car Collision In West Chicago, Illinois“
What To Do If You Are Involved In A Vehicle Accident
There are many steps that should be undertaken if you are involved in an accident. 10 steps are summarized on the page titled “10 Steps To Take After A DuPage County Accident.”
As seen in those steps, recommended actions both legal and medical issues. From a medical perspective, there are many reasons that you should get a thorough medical exam immediately after being hurt in a vehicle accident. These reasons are discussed on the “Getting A Medical Exam After A DuPage County Accident” page.
There are many recommended steps to take from a legal perspective. A personal injury lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible following an accident to protect your legal rights and ability to pursue accident compensation if the accident was not your fault.
The lawyer can tell you if the filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted. (In the case of an accident that has resulted in a fatality, the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.)
Types Of Personal Injury Compensation
There are various types of injury compensation that can possibly be available through a personal injury lawsuit.
Among these types of compensation include:
- Medical costs (including past, current and future expenditures)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of function
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Other economic damages
Free Legal Consultation For Accident Injuries
To receive a free (and confidential) no-obligation consultation concerning accident injuries (or if you represent a person who has died in an accident) call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, at any time. His phone number is (773) 392-8182. He can provide you an overview of the legal situation and answer any questions that you may have.
Elman Law Group, with its main office in Chicago, has been handling Illinois injury lawsuits for over 25 years. During this time the firm 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.