A car accident is a serious event, but when the accident involves a head-on collision, the injuries are commonly severe and often deadly. When two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash head-on, the impact for both vehicles is significant. Depending on the speed the vehicles were traveling, the trauma to the drivers and passengers of the vehicles involved often results in some of the most catastrophic injuries.
The South Jersey car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar are dedicated to helping accident victims claim the maximum amount of compensation available for their injuries and losses. The team of personal injury lawyers at the firm has over 250 years of combined experience. Their dedication to providing personalized service and highly skilled counsel and representation has resulted in over half a billion dollars recovered for clients in verdicts and settlements.
Common Factors in Head-On Crashes
Approximately six million car accidents occur in the United States annually. An estimated 30,000 people are fatally injured in car accidents each year. Ten percent of these fatalities are a result of a head-on collision. Another three million people are injured in car accidents each year, with two million of these people suffering permanent injury.
The most common cause of head-on collisions is negligence by the driver of one or both vehicles. Negligence is commonly caused by one or more of the following actions:
- Distracted Driving: Any activity that requires a driver to take their attention off the road in front of them is a form of distracted driving. Cell phone usage and texting are the most common causes of distracted driving. Drivers can also be distracted by onboard infotainment systems, navigation systems, eating, and conversations with or disruption by passengers in the vehicle. Taking attention off the road for even five seconds is equivalent to driving the length of a football field blindfolded. Distracted driving is a leading cause of head-on collisions when drivers cross barriers and lanes into oncoming traffic.
- Drowsy Driving: Everyone experiences fatigue, but when a lack of sleep results in drowsy driving, the results are often catastrophic. Drowsy driving often causes head-on crashes when drivers fall asleep behind the wheel and drift over into oncoming traffic. Drowsy driving also results in a lack of focus, slowed reaction times, and poor judgment that can also lead to a head-on collision.
- Drunk Driving: A person who chooses to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol puts everyone on the road at risk for a serious accident. Drunk drivers often experience poor judgment and slowed reaction times. They can also fall asleep or black out behind the wheel, causing them to cross over into oncoming traffic. Double or blurred vision can confuse a drunk driver and cause them to drift over barriers and traffic lanes.
- Driver Error: People make mistakes, but when they happen due the carelessness or negligence of a driver, a wrong way crash can seriously injure or kill all involved. Every driver has a responsibility to operate their car in a careful and safe manner. When they fail to do so because they act recklessly or carelessly, they can be held liable for the injuries and deaths that occur.
Wrong Way Crash Injuries
The injuries sustained in a head-on collision are typically catastrophic and often deadly. The most common types of injuries seen in head-on car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Skull fractures
- Broken bones in the face, shoulders, arms, legs, and pelvic region
- Neck injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Cuts and lacerations of the face, arms, hands, legs, and feet
- Burns due to fuel fires
- Eye and ear injuries due to air bag deployment
- Internal organ damage due to seatbelt injuries
Victims of head-on car accidents must prove negligence or recklessness by the other driver for a successful claim. It is the responsibility of each driver to ensure they operate their vehicle in a safe manner. Failure to do so can lead to a driver being held liable for the injuries, property damage, and deaths of all those involved in the crash. An experienced and reputable car accident lawyer can ensure that the victim’s legal rights are protected and that the maximum amount of compensation is awarded.
South Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at Williams Cedar Help Victims of Head-On Collisions Recover Compensation
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a head-on collision, call the South Jersey car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099, or 856-470-9777, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey offices serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, Cherry Hill, South Jersey, and across the nation.