Atlanta Head-On Collision Lawyer
There are few more terrifying types of crashes than a head-on collision. The combined speed of each driver’s vehicle makes head-on crashes the most likely to end in serious injury or death. If you were injured in a head-on crash, the Atlanta head-on collision lawyer here at Sawyer Injury Law can review your case and help you decide what your next actions may be. The at-fault driver violated their duty of care to you, and they can be held accountable for your damages.
Causes and Types of Head-On Collisions
Head-on crashes happen in similar ways as most other collisions—one or more drivers were not paying enough attention to the road, or the at-fault driver was speeding or making other aggressive maneuvers that led to losing control of their vehicle. Below are some of the more common ways that head-on crashes occur:
- Speeding—Speeding is involved in one out of four fatal collisions, according to the NHTSA. It is a major contributor to head-on collisions, and it makes any head-on crash much more severe, even if it is not the primary cause of the crash.
- Accelerating Through an Intersection to “Beat” a Traffic Light—Speeding up to get through an intersection before a light changes from yellow to red is a common cause of head-on crashes if the at-fault driver ends up hitting a turning vehicle.
- Drunk Driving—Drunk driving is an obvious cause of head-on crashes, as inebriated drivers have difficulty staying in their lane, reading traffic signs, and obeying many other traffic laws.
- Texting—Distraction caused by texting often leads to the driver drifting into the oncoming lane of traffic.
- Falling Asleep While Driving—Falling asleep at the wheel is a serious concern to all drivers but is particularly common among truck drivers.
- Other Types of Distracted Driving—Talking to passengers, blindly following GPS instructions, daydreaming or “zoning out,” eating and drinking, disciplining backseat children, and talking on a cell phone (either hands-free or without a hands-free device) are all forms of distraction that can lead to a driver drifting into the oncoming lane of traffic, running a red light, or otherwise causing a head-on crash.
Common Injuries in Head-On Crashes
While the NHTSA estimates that more than 2,700 lives are saved each year by frontal airbags, according to the Insurance Information Institute, tens of thousands of serious injuries still occur in head-on crashes. In fact, despite advancements in safety features, no vehicle exists that is not prone to serious damage in a high speed head-on crash. Common injuries that victims suffer from include:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Facial lacerations, fractures, and scarring;
- Fractured legs or arms;
- Lacerations from glass;
- Whiplash; and
- Fractured vertebrae.
Contact an Atlanta Head-On Collision Attorney Today
If you were injured in a head-on collision, our attorney could help you file a personal injury claim against the person who caused the crash. We can assist you with every step of this claim so that you are fairly compensated for all your damages. To get started today, contact us at Sawyer Injury Law and set up a free consultation with an Atlanta head-on collision attorney.