Personal injury attorneys can help with car accident claims. The most dangerous type of car crash is a head-on collision. This is because the opposing forces of the crash result in a higher effective crash speed. As a result, head-on car accidents result in more severe injuries and vehicle damage. Cars are designed now so that the front sections crumple upon impact, lessening the chance of a fatality. However, the chance of fatality is still higher in this type of accident. The height difference between vehicles can also be very important in a head-on accident. Commercial vehicles such as large trucks often are much taller than passenger vehicles. This can result in the passenger vehicle being crushed underneath the larger commercial vehicle.
In rear-end collisions, it is presumed that the driver of the rear vehicle, or the vehicle in back, is at fault for the crash in rear-end accidents. Similarly, liability is often assumed in a head-on collision but in a different manner. In most head-on collisions one vehicle is traveling properly in their lane. The other at-fault vehicle somehow ends up driving in the opposite direction of another lane of travel. So in these types of accidents, you often know who is at fault by simply knowing which lane of travel the accident took place in.
This means that the at-fault driver’s insurance company should assume all liability for the car accident. However, this is not always the case and auto insurance companies have been known to try and blame the other vehicle for the accident. Sometimes they do this by arguing over which lane the accident took place in. It should not be assumed that simply because you were injured in a head-on collision while driving normally yourself the other driver’s insurance company will accept responsibility and reasonably compensate you for your injuries. Insurance companies have become adept at defending head-on accident cases. This is why it is important to consult with a seasoned car accident attorney at Johnson Law, P.C. as soon as possible after you are injured.
Delayed, sporadic, or other irregular treatment could harm your case. Obtaining treatment promptly and regularly helps prevent insurance companies from under-compensating you. They may claim that the injuries were caused by some other event other than the accident. Recovering from your accident is a difficult and important process. That is just one of the reasons why it is beneficial to retain a personal injury attorney. An experienced head-on accident lawyer will help you focus on recovering while they handle the insurance companies. Often you don't know what will help or hurt your claim. You want to know you have the right person to turn to when you have questions.
Injuries from head-on car accidents are often catastrophic. Common injuries include crushing injuries to the legs. Also broken arms from the steering wheel column can happen. The most catastrophic and fatal injuries are when the driver's compartment is compromised. Your engine compartment is actually your best safety feature in a head-on collision. When two cars hit each other head-on the crumple zones and the engine itself absorb some of the impact of the crash. The less the vehicle can absorb the impact, the worse the injuries sustained will be. This leads to perhaps the deadliest type of head-on accident, an offset driver-side head-on collision. If the two vehicles crashing into each other are offset, rather than dead-on, only part of the crumple zones are engaged.
Accidents happen for many reasons. Head-on car accidents often happen as a result of distracted driving, drunk driving, or improperly overtaking another vehicle. A distracted driver may accidentally veer into oncoming traffic. A drunk driver will be unable to maintain a straight line and swerve. An inexperienced or negligent driver may try to overtake another car without sufficient time or in a place where it is illegal to do so. These are important avenues to investigate when determining liability for head-on accidents.
Here at Johnson Law we are experienced in handling head-on car accident claims. If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on car accident we may be able to help. We offer free, no-obligation, consultations for personal injury clients. Claim yours today and see how to protect your interests.