Fatal Crashes by First Harmful Event
When reporting a car accident of any nature, the police or motorist is expected to record the “first harmful event,” or the characteristic in the crash that caused the first injury or damages to the vehicle. While these can range anywhere from factors involved in a collision to a single-car rollover, about 39% of total fatal crashes involve a collision with a moving motor vehicle.
Collision with Moving Motor Vehicle
Any kind of collision involving multiple vehicles has the potential to increase fatalities, largely due to the fact that more people are involved. According to the Insurance Information Institute, this makes up over 13,000 fatal crashes annually. Here is how that is broken down by collision type:
- Angle: 17.9% of fatal crashes
- Head-On: 10.8% of fatal crashes
- Rear End: 7.2% of fatal crashes
- Sideswipe: 2.7% of fatal crashes
Along with these, pedestrian accidents make up about 17.3% of fatal crashes.
Despite being the crash type that makes up the second-highest number of fatal crashes in the category, head-on collisions account for only 2% of total crashes in the United States. As most of these require a large level of negligence from the at-fault driver, they are often deadly in nature. Here are some of the most common causes of head-on collisions:
- Driver inattention or distraction
- Driving under the influence
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Failure to obey traffic signals and signs
It is imperative that all motorists exercise more caution when on the roads to prevent fatalities.
Car Accident? We Can Help.
Head-on collisions and other kinds of deadly accidents can be preventable if drivers take more care to combat negligence on the roads. If you or a loved one was injured or died on Mississippi roads this year, call (662) 269-6188 to speak with an attorney at Vollor Law Firm, P.A.. We will help you recover the damages and receive maximum compensation for your case.