Head On Accidents
Head On Collisions in North Carolina
NC Car Accident Attorney Explains the Dangers of Head On Crashes
A head on collision is a type of car crash that results in the front of either one or multiple vehicles colliding with the front of another vehicle or object. These types of accidents often result in significant property damage and can cause life-threatening catastrophic injuries. Head on collisions most commonly happen on two-way roads or highways when one vehicle crosses over the center line or barrier into oncoming traffic. This can occur when a driver is distracted, impaired or trying to avoid an obstacle. Additionally, car defects can sometimes result in a driver losing control of a vehicle, causing a head on collision.
Have you or someone that you love been involved in a head on accident that was caused by another motorist? A car accident attorney from Riddle & Brantley can assist you in exploring your legal options. We offer free, no obligation reviews of car accident claims and only get paid when a recovery is made. We also have a history of success with head on crash cases. For example, our firm obtained a settlement of $2.25 million for the family of a wrongful death victim in a head on collision.
What are the Most Common Causes of Head On Car Accidents?
Most often, car accidents like head on collisions result from the actions of a negligent driver. However, sometimes other factors or a combination of other factors may cause or contribute to a car crash. A few common causes of opposite direction collisions include:
- Adverse Weather
- Aggressive Driving
- Distracted Drivers
- Drunk Driving or Driving While Intoxicated
- Fatigued or Drowsy Driving
- Ignoring Traffic Signals
- Low Visibility Conditions
- Reckless Driving
- Road Rage
- Texting while Driving
- Turning into Oncoming Traffic
- Vehicle Malfunctions
While you can do your best to stay alert and practice defensive driving techniques, it may be impossible to avoid a head on collision due to the actions of another negligent driver. Often, these accidents will result in property damage, severe personal injuries, and in some cases, wrongful death.
Types of Opposite Direction Collision Injuries
The force of any car crash has the potential to cause painful, long-lasting personal injuries. However, head on collisions, by nature, are one of the deadliest types of car accidents. For example, if two vehicles each traveling at 40 miles per hour towards each other collide head on, the impact will be the equivalent of one of these automobiles striking a solid object at 80 miles per hour. Therefore, some common injuries that result from these kinds of car accidents include:
- Airbag injuries
- Broken bones, especially arm and wrist injuries
- Broken glass injuries
- Dental injuries
- Eye injuries
- Facial injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Lacerations, especially from broken glass
- Loss of limb
- Nerve damage
- Seat belt injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash injuries
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that approximately one out of every 50 motor vehicle accidents throughout the United States is head on collision. However, nearly one in 10 traffic fatalities is the result of a head on car crash. If you have been injured in one of these accidents, it is advised to seek immediate medical attention. These medical documents will also be useful to a car accident attorney when formulating a case against a negligent driver.
Air Bag Failure Can Increase the Dangers of Head On Collisions
In addition, sometimes air bags fail to work properly in these violent head on crashes. Recently we have seen multiple actions across the country for failure of air bags to properly deploy in collisions or deploying without collisions.
If you have experienced a faulty air bag deployment, then our attorneys are able to review your case and determine if you can make a claim against the manufacturer of the air bags. It is very important that you do not sign a general release for your injuries suffered in the auto wreck without first consulting with an attorney. Signing a general release with the insurance company handling your car wreck claim may release your rights to pursue your case for faulty air bags. Our attorneys can help you make the appropriate decision in your specific case.
Head On Collision? Contact an Experienced North Carolina Car Accident Attorney Today
At Riddle & Brantley, our attorneys have experience with car accident claims involving head on collisions and are prepared to guide you through the entire legal process. We will fight to ensure that you receive fair compensation benefits for your damages and losses.
Our law firm has offices in Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Raleigh and Kinston, North Carolina. However, a car accident attorney from our firm can travel to meet you wherever you are, statewide or nationwide. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact us today at (800) 525-7111. Otherwise, complete a free, confidential case evaluation form and let us contact you.