Any type of car accident can be scary but head-on collisions can be particularly dangerous. Though they account for a small percentage of car accidents, they are oftentimes the most deadly. Head-on collisions can be caused by a number of factors like distracted driving, driving under the influence, or reckless driving. No matter the reason, the catastrophic effects of head-on collisions are clear. Recovering from the injuries of this type of collision could take months or years. Furthermore, the accumulated financial losses can be overwhelming for the victims and family members of those that have suffered from a head-on collision. If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, it is recommended that you connect with a seasoned personal injury attorney to seek the compensation that you deserve. Don’t wait until the statute of limitations for pursuing personal injury claims and/or lawsuits has expired. Give the law office of Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC a call to schedule your free initial consultation and discuss your case today.
Causes of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles moving in the opposite directions collide causing damage to the front end of each. Even if both drivers are going relatively slow and everyone is wearing a seatbelt, head-on collisions are dangerous and in many situations, fatal. There are many reasons that head-on collisions happen. Listed below are some of the most common causes.
- Drunk or drowsy driving
- Distracted Driving (using a cell phone, reaching for items, operating navigation device, etc.)
- Inclement weather conditions
- Inclement weather conditions
- Reckless driving (unsafe passing, driving the wrong way on the road, etc.)
- Confusing or unsafe construction zones
- Lack of appropriate markings on the road
- Poor Lighting
Common Injuries From Head-On Collisions
Moreso than any other type of accident, head-on collisions can cause severe injuries to all parties involved. They represent a small fraction of all car accidents but have the highest fatality rate of any type of collision. It’s rare that a driver or passenger walks away without a serious injury. Though they are more common in rural areas, head-on collisions in a huge city like Houston occur often. The most common injuries resulting in head-on collisions include:
- Head and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Back and neck injuries including spinal cord damage
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and bruises
- Internal bleeding
- Eye damage
- Wrongful death
What to do if You Have Been in an Accident
Being involved in a car accident of this magnitude is not an everyday occurrence. So, it is understandable if you feel overwhelmed immediately after a head-on collision takes place. However, it is important that you follow the correct accident protocol to ensure that you are safe and protected legally. Immediately after an accident has occurred, it is recommended that you take the following steps.
- Get out of harm’s way
- Check for your injuries as well as the safety of others involved (duty of care)
- Contact the police (never admit fault)
- Seek medical attention (even if you are not sure if you are injured)
- Exchange information with other motorists involved (insurance information, name, phone number, license plate number, etc.)
- Collect evidence (photos, videos, and observations)
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney
It is essential that you follow these steps in order to establish a strong personal injury case in the event that the head-on collision is the fault of other drivers involved. If you have been injured due to the recklessness of another driver, it is your right to seek compensation for your losses. Though hiring a personal injury attorney is not mandatory, it certainly increases the likelihood of you being fairly compensated by the insurance company.
Working With a Personal Injury Attorney
Head-on collisions can sometimes be caused by circumstances that are out of the control of any driver involved. However, in the majority of cases, they are due to negligent and/or reckless driving. Proving fault is not always easy. Working with a diligent attorney can help you to establish liability, negotiate with insurers, file the appropriate paperwork, and gain a greater understanding of the worth of your case. Recovering from an injury can be difficult. Pursuing a personal injury claim alone can make the road even tougher. Fortunately, you don’t have to walk the path by yourself. Give the law offices of Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC a call to schedule your free initial consultation today.