Head-on Collision Car Accidents
Head-on collisions are a very serious type of car accident where the front of a motor vehicle collides with the front of another vehicle. Head-on collisions are incredibly dangerous crashes that have a high fatality rate. The instant interruption of forward motion of two vehicles that are involved in a head-on crash has the similar effect of hitting a solid brick wall. During head-on collisions, neither vehicle gives way and nothing absorbs the force of the impact. As such, head-on collisions often cause serious bodily injury and even fatalities. In a single year, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that 183 deaths and 7,016 injuries resulted from head-on collisions. Englander Peebles can effectively advocate for your rights if were seriously injured due to a head-on vehicle collision in Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach County. We are conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale and are able to travel to you should you be unable to come to us.Wrong-way Accidents and Other Causes of Head-on Collisions
Studies show that head-on collisions are often caused when vehicles are traveling the wrong way on high-speed divided highways. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 22 percent of wrong-way collisions were fatal, and on average, about 360 deaths result each year in about 260 fatal wrong-way collisions.
Based on extensive research of wrong-way accidents, more than half, and possibly as many as three-quarters, of wrong-way vehicle drivers were impaired by alcohol use. Between 2004 through 2009, there were 1,566 wrong-way drivers in fatal crashes, of which 936 or sixty percent were classified as having consumed alcohol. Fifty-nine percent of those wrong-way drivers involved in fatal collisions had high blood alcohol content levels.
Other causes of head-on collisions involve crossing the center line and crashing into an oncoming vehicle due to driver distraction or poor light conditions, inexperience, falling asleep behind the wheel and drifting onto oncoming traffic, failing to read and follow road signs properly, or speeding.Liability for Head-on Collisions
As with all car accidents, drivers who negligently cause a head-on collision are liable for injuries and damages caused to another individual. In order to obtain compensation, victims who file personal injury suits in these accidents must show that the defendant had a duty of care that it breached thereby causing the collision. For example, a driver has the duty of care to ensure that he or she stays on the proper side of the highway to avoid wrong-way accidents. If a driver was impaired by alcohol use or was distracted while driving because of texting, he or she may be held liable if a wrong-way collision results from the conduct. Finally, victims must also show that the defendant’s breach of his or her duty caused their injuries and that they incurred damages as a result.
Head-on collisions are an extremely serious kind of accident, and proving the wrongdoer’s liability in court will entail extensive investigation and legal analysis. The experienced attorneys at Englander Peebles can be an asset to you in pursuing your claim for compensation if you suffered injuries in a head-on car crash. We have years of experience in personal injury law and can help you craft a legally sound strategy for your case. Crucial evidence, such as video or data on a vehicle’s black box may be forever lost if you wait too long. Contact us today for a free initial consultation by completing our online form or by calling our Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 500-4878.