Head-On Collisions

When a large truck or commercial vehicle collides with a smaller car, the speed and impact can be disastrous. If you are hurt, it is always best to seek out knowledgable legal representation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a head-on collision is one in which the front end of one vehicle hits the front end of another vehicle while the two vehicles are traveling in opposite directions. Head-on crashes usually happen in one of two ways–when a vehicle crosses the centerline or median (referred to as crossover) or when a motorist travels the wrong way in a lane.

If you or a loved one was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle, you likely have significant medical bills, lost wages, and other devastating losses. Our experienced Houston truck accident lawyers can help you recover compensation for those damages. Contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at to find out how we can help.

Dangers Associated with Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions are generally more severe than other types of crashes. In fact, head-on collisions are the most likely to result in fatalities and were responsible for 54 percent of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities in 2015, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

  • On average, 250 people are killed every year in head-on collisions involving highway crossovers.
  • Head-on collisions are up to three times more severe than other types of highway crashes.
  • Head-on collisions resulted in 2,866 fatalities and 62,000 injuries in 2014.

Head-On Collisions Involving Large Trucks

The most common type of two-vehicle crashes involving large trucks are head-on collisions. When a large truck strikes a passenger vehicle head-on, the consequences are often catastrophic. Approximately 29 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities in large truck crashes in 2015 involved head-on crashes.

NHTSA statistics show that head-on crashes are most likely to occur on two-lane highways in rural areas, which is also where the majority of fatal truck accidents take place. There are approximately 2.5 million miles of two-lane rural highways in the United States and a good deal of traffic on these roads includes large commercial trucks.

Common Causes of Head-On Collisions

It takes a split second for a driver traveling at highway speeds to cross a centerline or median and strike another car head-on. Some of the most common causes of head-on collisions include:

  • Driver fatigue (i.e. falling asleep at the wheel)
  • Distracted driving
  • Passing in a no-passing zone
  • Improper lane changes
  • Traveling too fast around a curve
  • Speeding
  • Impaired driving
  • Overcorrecting into another lane
  • Failing to slow down in a construction zone

Common Injuries in Head-On Collisions

Passenger vehicle occupants are more vulnerable to severe injury and death in frontal impact collisions. The types of injuries most commonly seen in head-on collisions are:

  • Neck injuries such as whiplash
  • Lower extremity injuries, which includes the hip, knee, thigh, pelvis, leg, ankle, and foot
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures
  • Severed limbs

Experienced Representation for Your Houston Trucking Accident Claim

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our Houston truck accident lawyers have represented countless individuals severely injured in head-on collisions involving 18-wheelers. We have in-depth understanding of state and federal laws that may impact your case and how to fight for the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

If you work with us, we will immediately begin investigating your truck accident to determine who is responsible, build a case that is designed to support your Texas trucking accident claim, and negotiate with the trucking company or any insurance companies to help you obtain the best outcome possible. We also work closely with experts, including accident reconstruction specialists, to help strengthen arguments and prove the cause of the crash and your injuries.

With the help of our skilled truck accident lawyers, you may be able to recover compensation for past and future:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Physical limitations
  • Disfigurement

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, call us today at to receive a free consultation.