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All car accidents have the potential to be deadly, but head-on accidents are easily the most dangerous. Often both cars are traveling forward when these accidents occur, and the combined forces of both cars’ momentum can cause a severe, even fatal, accident. The injuries caused by head-on accidents can be life-changing and debilitating. If you’ve been involved in a head-on collision, our Carlsbad car accident attorneys can help you recover the damages you deserve.
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The Causes of Head-On Collisions
According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHSTA), head-on collisions account for approximately 13% of fatal accidents in rural areas, and about 7% of fatal accidents in urban areas. It is no surprise that these accidents are far more common in rural areas, where drivers may be dealing with poor lighting, curves, two-lane roads, and high speed limits.
Causes may include:
- Distracted drivers. If a driver is distracted, they may drift out of their lane and into oncoming traffic.
- Drunk drivers. Intoxicated drivers often drive the wrong way on highways and roads, or they may swerve into oncoming traffic.
- Drowsy drivers. When a driver is over-tired, the can fall asleep at the wheel and can cross over into oncoming traffic.
- Rural roads. These roads are frquently poorly lit or unlit, and may be winding, hilly, or narrow. They often have higher posted speed limits, and traveledtravelled, which may cause drivers to be more careless about their driving.
- Passing. Many head-on collisions occur while one driver is passing another car on a two-lane road. Drivers can easily miscalculate the amount of time and distance it will take to pass the car ahead of them.
- Street racing. Street racing can endanger other drivers on the road. Racers may drive recklessly to get ahead, including swerving into oncoming traffic.
- Poor road conditions. Slick surfaces, bad weather, pot holes, construction, and other debris can cause drivers to swerve or lose control of their vehicle.
Types of Injuries Caused by Head-On Accidents
Head-on collisions can cause serious injury, even at low speeds. These injuries can require long recovery times or even be disabling. Recovering from injuries caused by a head-on collision may be an expensive process, and you may find yourself paying for medications, surgeries, visits with specialists, rehabilitation or physical therapy, in-home care, or other expenses.
Common injuries sustained in head-on accidents include:
- Head trauma or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Internal organ damage and abdominal injuries
- Chest or lung injuries
- Dental damage and oral injuries
- Facial fractures
- Limb injuries and fractures
- Burn injuries
While the initial accident can be devastating there may be other causes of injury as well. Head-on accidents may cause multiple-car pile-ups, and subsequent impacts can cause serious injuries. Airbags and hard surfaces can cause injuries, particularly if there is another impact after the airbags have deployed and deflated. There is the risk of occupants being ejected from the vehicle or suffering burn injuries if one of the vehicles catches fire.
Head-on injuries may also be deadly. If your loved one was involved in an accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit. Your car accident attorney can help you determine if you have a legitimate claim for a lawsuit.
California Comparative Negligence
Determining fault in a head-on collision can be challenging, and it is possible that both drivers may carry some of the blame. In California, comparative negligence laws dictate that a driver may recover compensation for the percentage of the liability that they are not responsible for. When fault is assigned to each party involved, it is possible that both drivers may share the responsibility for the accident, though it may not be an even split. Different situations can change the amount of fault each party is responsible for. A driver who was hit head-on while stopped and waiting to make a left turn is likely to have very little, if any, liability assigned to them. A driver who is driving recklessly when hit is far more likely to share in the liability for the accident.
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Our team at the Levinson Law Group is passionate about protecting the rights and interests of our clients. We understand how difficult this time can be, and we make an effort to support our clients with caring, personalized legal service, while aggressively fighting for your claim. Our Carlsbad car accident lawyers have represented some of the largest insurance companies in the nation, and now we put our insider knowledge to work for you!
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