A Heads Up About the Dangers of Heads-On Crashes
All motor-vehicle accidents are potentially dangerous, but head-on collisions can have particularly tragic results. There is typically significant damage to both vehicles when two vehicles collide head-on. And in addition to the damage the vehicles incur, many head-on collisions also result in serious personal injuries.
The Palm Beach Post recently reported that a 50-year-old man was killed in a head-on crash when his vehicle collided with another near Indiantown. The accident happened after the other driver, a 36-year-old woman who was subsequently treated for minor injuries, drifted across lanes.
The fact that these accidents can be dangerous is further supported by statistics. A report published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety addressing 2016 crash statistics indicated that less than half of the vehicle occupants in a head-on collision will survive the crash.
What is a Head-On Collision?
A head-on collision is a type of car accident that occurs when the front-end of two vehicles collide, or where one vehicle collided with a stationary object such as a tree. These collisions often on a road where no median is present, such as in rural areas.
Causes of Head-On Collisions
- Wrong-way driving
- Cell phone use
- Drowsy driving
- Bad weather
- Poor road conditions
- Improper passing
- Not adhering to traffic lights and signals
What Kind of Injuries Can Happen?
The type of injuries a person suffers in a head-on collision can be greatly influenced by the kinds of safety measures the person utilizes while driving. For example, we all know that wearing a seatbelt can help to reduce injuries suffered in a collision. Regardless, many injuries can happen as a result of head-on collisions including:
- Head injuries
- Leg injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Internal injuries
How Do I Figure Out Who is at Fault After a Head-On Collision?
If you’ve been in a head-on accident with another vehicle, it will be imperative that the driver at fault of causing the accident is identified. When you have been injured at the fault of someone else, you have the right to expect compensation from the driver who caused the crash. Usually, the compensation will come from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Unsurprisingly, the other driver’s insurance company will not hand out compensation checks for your personal injuries or wrongful death claim without a fight. It will generally be up to you to prove the other driver caused the crash, and the crash caused your injuries. This is where an experienced personal injury attorney can help you prove your claim and recover for your injuries.
Allow Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys to Help.
Unfortunately, car accidents happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision, contact us today. The West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm are experienced in helping people like you recover the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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