Protecting the Rights of Head-On Collision Victims
Considered one of the deadliest types of auto accidents, head-on collisions account for more than 10 percent of traffic-related deaths. Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. handles head-on crash claims statewide. Randall L. Spivey has litigated some of the most challenging head-on traffic claims to recover high-figure judgments and settlements on behalf of our severely injured clients and their families. We will protect your rights after a tragic head-on collision on Florida’s roadways.
Head-On Crashes Can Result in Catastrophic Injuries
Head-on collisions almost always cause serious or fatal injuries because of the force exerted by two (or more) speeding vehicles that collide into one another front-first – the part of the vehicle that is traveling the fastest. Unlike side-impact accidents, a collision to the front of a vehicle does not allow much time for drivers and passengers to react. Drivers and passengers also have little to shield themselves from the impact.
Some of the most common types of injuries resulting from head-on collisions include:
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Limb loss
Causes of Head-On Collisions
Rural Florida roads often only have a divider line or a narrow flat grass median to separate opposite traveling lanes of traffic. Just one error on the part of a driver can lead to instant disaster. While poor road conditions or unfavorable weather can play a role in these types of crashes, a large percentage of head-on collisions are caused by driver negligence. For example, a motorist might drift across lanes while concentrating on writing a text message, dialing a phone number or reading GPS instructions. Likewise, a tired driver or a drunk driver might nod off at the wheel and cross into the adjoining lane. When negligence is to blame for an accident, victims may be eligible to recover compensation for their injuries.
Determining Fault in a Head-On Crash
Who is at fault in a head-on crash depends on where the impact occurred. The motorist who entered the opposite traffic lane is typically to blame for the collision. However, determining the precise location of the impact – and therefore, liability – is not always obvious. This is a key reason why accident victims should consider turning to an experienced lawyer for help. Our team measures debris scatter, evaluates skid marks and reviews witness testimony to prove what happened and who is at fault.
Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. has substantial experience in head-on crash liability claims. Contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights and options for recovery.
More Helpful Information
Head-on collisions are not very common. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), these types of accidents usually make up only 2 to 5 percent of the total accidents in any given year. However, head-on collisions are disproportionately fatal, making up over 10 percent of fatal crashes.