A 40-year-old Pflugerville man was killed in a head-on collision on the night of May 1, after his Mazda continued north after drifting into the southbound lane of FM 685 and striking a southbound Jeep. The Jeep driver was taken to Seton Medical Center Williamson where he was said to be in stable condition, while the Mazda driver was pronounced dead at the scene. This type of outcome is depressingly common for head-on collisions, where the weight and velocity can lead to fatalities all too easily.
Statistics Show Grim Trends
Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimate that while head-on collisions between cars are comparatively rare - only around 3.3 percent of all crashes are of this type - but roughly 10 percent of fatal crashes nationwide are of this type. This does make sense when one considers the sheer weights involved in most collisions, especially when the vehicles involved are not of similar size. Pedestrians and passengers in smaller cars tend to bear the brunt of the damage in such accidents.
Head-on collisions can also occur between a car and a fixed object, like a pole or a guardrail. It can be difficult to determine the number of these crashes which qualify as head-on because they are most often classified as single-vehicle crashes. However, the same injuries tend to recur in any accident where the front end meets another object - whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones are the most commonly seen....