Head-on Car Accidents Are Often Caused by Negligent Drivers
Car accidents may take only a split second to happen, but their effects can be felt for a lifetime.
Unfortunately, when a car accident is a head-on collision, the effects can be far worse than a side impact or rear-end collision, often causing serious injuries or even fatalities.
Personal injury attorney Hardin R. Ramey helps clients involved in head-on car accidents in and around Dallas, TX get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. If you have been injured in a head-on car accident, you are encouraged to contact the Ramey Law Firm to learn more about your legal options.
Why Are Head-on Accidents So Dangerous?
A head-on car accident is a type of collision in which two vehicles driving toward each other crash into the front of one another. In most cases, the impact of a head-on collision is far greater than a rear-end or side-impact collision. This is because the force of impact in a head-on collision is a combination of both vehicles speed and mass.
Due to the high forces common to head-on collisions, many of these types of car accidents are fatal. When they are not fatal, drivers and passengers may experience severe injuries and permanent disability. Some of the most common injuries in head-on collisions include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
- Damage to the internal organs
Head-on Collisions Are Often Caused by Driver Negligence
One of the primary causes of all car accidents, including head-on collisions, is driver negligence. Driver negligence can occur anytime someone operates a motor vehicle without taking proper care while driving. There are many ways in which a driver may act negligently behind the wheel, all of which can lead to a head-on collision. The following are some examples of driver negligence in head-on collisions.
Driving Under the Influence
Both alcohol and drugs make it difficult for people to safely operate a motor vehicle, as they interfere with judgment, affecting a person's ability to control his or her behavior and body functions. When driving under the influence, these changes can cause a person to drive recklessly, swerve, speed, lose control of the vehicle, or even drive into oncoming traffic.
Drugs or alcohol don't need to be involved for a person to be a reckless driver. Reckless drivers include those who speed, unnecessarily weave in and out of lanes, participate in street racing, and other dangerous behavior.
Another notable example of reckless driving in regard to head-on collisions are drivers who become impatient on two-lane roads and decide to pass by entering the lane of oncoming traffic.
Driving While Drowsy
Driving while fatigued is dangerous and can lead to a head-on collision for a number of reasons. A tired driver may fall asleep and drift into oncoming traffic or may over correct his or her steering and hit another vehicle head-on.
Distracted driving is something most people have been guilty of at some point in their time behind the wheel, and it's one of the most common causes of car accidents. Distracted driving refers to any time a person loses focus while driving, even just for a couple of seconds.
Changing the radio station, reaching for something in the passenger seat, talking on the phone or to someone in the car, or taking a glance at your child in the backseat are all seemingly harmless actions that can lead to head-on car accidents.
Contact the Ramey Law Firm
The injuries sustained in a head-on car accident often require extensive rehabilitation and may even lead to permanent disability. Because of the life changing impact of head-on accidents, it's important that those at fault be held accountable for their negligence.
A car accident attorney can help. If you have been injured in a head-on car accident, call Ramey Law firm at (972) 437-5577 to schedule a consultation.