Common causes of head-on collisions
While we cannot predict when and where an accident will happen, we can find out what neglectful behavior contributes to it. A head-on collision occurs when two cars traveling in opposite directions crash into each other. Accounting for close to 10% of automobile fatalities, head-on crashes usually occur at higher speeds, and thus are often fatal. More likely than not, these crashes occur due to:
- Distracted driving such as texting, grooming or eating behind the wheel
- Failing to overtake and pass another vehicle safely, often in a non-passing zone
- Driving too fast for conditions, such as rain, fog or traffic
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel
When driving, it is important to pay attention to your own driving behaviors. The challenge arises when you have to look out for the behavior of others as well. There are many irresponsible drivers on our roadways, with little to no regard for the law or others' safety on their minds.
Common injuries from a head-on collision
If not fatal, the injuries caused by a head-on collision can be devastating, and even life-altering. Broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and internal bleeding are just some of the complications that can follow. Seatbelts are designed to keep you as safe as possible. However, the force at which a driver or passenger is thrown around inside a vehicle can still cause serious injuries. Other injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injuries such as concussions
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Herniated discs
- Development of post-traumatic stress disorder
- Broken bones
- Patients with heart problems can often go into traumatic cardiac arrest
- Development of anxiety disorders
Remember, even if you feel "fine" after an accident, you should always see a doctor. If emergency services are offered at the scene of the accident, take advantage of them. You will not only receive immediate care that could predict or prevent an underlying life-threatening injury (some of which can go undetected for weeks), but you will have documented medical care for your injuries that will only strengthen your claim.
Do I need an attorney?
In Florida, liability can be hard to determine. Insurance companies will fight against taking responsibility for a driver's negligence, and the amount of fault assigned to each party can be a topic of heavy debate. Florida uses comparative negligence as its system for determining liability in a case involving negligence. This means that each party is responsible for their assigned portion of fault. These cases can be tricky to handle. Thankfully, we have dealt with many of them, including a $1.4 million recovery among others. We know what compensation you need, and we know how to fight for it.
Numerous troubling scenarios can arise in this system of assignment, however. Uninsured motorists and insurance companies that pitch a lowball settlement offer are just two of the many problems that an accident victim can face. A skilled attorney can help. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.