Head-on collisions are categorized among lane or road departure crashes, along with sideswipes and run-off-road crashes. However, head-on collisions are the most dangerous of traffic accidents accounting for over 10% of traffic-related fatalities even though they constitute only 2% of all types of traffic accidents in the US.
What makes head-on collisions more dangerous is the doubled force of impact resulting from the momentum and size of the vehicles involved. This can result in serious head and internal injuries, along with multiple fractures, possibly resulting in fatalities. There is also the risk of fire and/or explosions resulting from the impact, which can cause major injuries or even death.
Causes of Head-on Collisions
There are several causes of head-on collisions including:
- Negligent driving
Negligence can be in various forms, such as drunk driving, distracted driving (texting or talking on the phone while driving), speeding, and ignorance of road signs, among others.
- Mechanical malfunction
Brake failure and tire blowouts are common malfunctions that can cause the driver to lose control and veer into oncoming traffic causing a head-on collision.
- Unfavorable Weather conditions
Slippery roads caused by sleet or rain can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle. Poor visibility during heavy rain or snow can also result in head-on collisions.
Legal Issues Involving Head-on Collisions
Emergency services and the police must be contacted immediately following a head-on collision to take care of the injured and establish culpability based on the evidence available at the accident site. If it is not possible to immediately establish culpability, your attorney will deploy an accident reconstruction expert to help establish liability.
It is important to obtain a copy of the police report regarding the accident in addition to the report from the accident reconstruction expert. You should also get all your medical records, receipts, and invoices relating to your treatment and rehabilitation. In the event that your loved one is killed, make sure you have all relevant information including an autopsy report if one was created. This will help establish the merits of your wrongful death claim.
An experienced law firm with a known track record for effectively representing their clients like Sheridan & Rund is essential in a serious motor vehicle collision involving injuries. Along with current and future medical expenses, your lawyer and his experts should be able to determine an appropriate amount of compensation for loss of wages, loss of future income, as well as pain and suffering, among other things. Your attorney will fight to ensure that your insurance company (or the other driver’s insurance company) fully complies with the terms of the policy and pays you the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a head-on collision in El Segundo or anywhere in Southern California, please call us today at 310-640-1200 to speak with an experienced lawyer. We will ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.