Head-on accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents in Maryland. They represent a small percentage of all auto accidents, but often result in serious injury, or even death. The physical forces involved in head-on accidents can be twice that of other accidents, involving two cars speeding towards each other. Even at lower speeds, a head on collision could result in serious, debilitating injuries.
Head-on accidents involve two vehicles hitting each other in opposite directions, as opposed to rear-end collisions or side collisions. According to some statistics, while head-on accidents only represent 2% of car accidents, they account for more than 10% of fatal car accidents in the U.S. The increased injury rate can be due to higher speeds and head-on accidents involving multiple vehicle collisions.
Causes of Head-On Accidents
There are a number of possible causes of head-on accidents. Head-on accidents can involve a vehicle entering a highway onramp going the wrong way. This may lead the driver directly into the path of many speeding vehicles, with little time for the unsuspecting drivers to react to the threat of a wrong way driver. Most other head-on accidents involve a car crossing over an undivided roadway directly into oncoming traffic. For many drivers, it may be nearly impossible to avoid a collision when a head-on driver crosses into their lane.
There are many reasons why a driver may enter the wrong way of an onramp, or crossing over the center divider. A wrong-way entry crash can involve a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It can also involve confusing road signs, especially when the road is under temporary construction.
Crossover accidents can also involve intoxicated drivers who drift into oncoming traffic. However, there may be a number of other reasons a driver may lose control and get into a head-on collision. Texting while driving or distracted driving is becoming an increasing cause of head-on collisions, as drivers take their eyes off the road for what they think is just a second, and end up drifting into a head-on collision. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, if a driver falls asleep at the wheel, unable to control their vehicle. Medical emergencies can also lead to head-on collisions, where a driver has a heart attack, stroke, or loses consciousness.
Some head-on accidents involve no driver error, but instead are due to a vehicle defect or malfunction. There are many vehicle problems that can lead to an accident, including a head-on collision. This includes airbag malfunction, seat recline malfunction, a blown tire, or unintended acceleration. In some cases, injuries sustained in a head-on collision can be caused by a combination of driver error and vehicle parts malfunction.
Head-On Collision Damages
Head-on car accident injuries can be severe. They can include permanent injuries, disfigurement, a severed limb, head injury, paralysis, neck and back injuries, broken bones, and even death. A driver or passenger involved in a serious car accident may be facing tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. They may also be unable to work, losing their ability to earn a living for themselves and their family. The individual or company responsible for causing the accident is liable for the damages they've caused.
The insurance company may try and get you to accept a lower settlement offer than you deserve. They may also ask you to sign away your legal rights to sue by accepting the settlement offer. Before you accept any offer, consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to make sure the insurance company isn't trying to take you for a ride. If you have been injured in a head-on collision, you should have all of your damages covered, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Contact an attorney for a free consultation about filing a legal claim for your injury accident.
Maryland Head-On Accident Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on accident, the law firm of Gilman & Bedigian may be able to help. It takes time to recover from a serious injury, and you should not have to deal with the stress of fighting with the insurance company. This is why you should talk to a lawyer about taking on your case so you can focus on recovery. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with automobile accident cases throughout Maryland. We will fight for your rights to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.