Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of automobile accidents. These accidents fall under the category of wrong way or lane departure collisions, and can cause serious injury and death.
Drivers should be aware of the dangers of head-on collisions and drive defensively to avoid them. However, there are times when crashes are unavoidable. If you’ve suffered injuries and property damage as a result of a head-on car collision, a lawyer can help you pursue compensation due to you.
Typical Causes of Head-On Collisions
Driving defensively is the best approach to avoid head-on collisions. However, sometimes the actions of other drivers will be impossible to avoid. The following are factors that could contribute to accidents and may be important points when establishing another driver caused your accident:
- Distracted driving: Because head-on collisions are wrong way and lane departure collisions, one of the drivers may not have been watching the road while driving. Texting, eating or drinking while driving, tending to small children, or reaching for items in other parts of the car can all contribute to a driver leaving his or her lane and causing a head-on crash.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: Again, you may consider the possibility that the other driver involved in your accident was impaired as a result of drinking alcohol or taking illegal or prescription drugs. Impaired drivers cause many accidents on the roadways each year, and if police were on the scene of the accident, be sure to obtain your police report and ask if anyone involved in the accident was tested for drugs or alcohol.
- Falling asleep at the wheel: Lane departure accidents are often associated with tired drivers. Ask your attorney if it’s possible to prove that the other driver involved in your collision was fatigued prior to the accident.
What do I do if I’ve been in a head-on collision?
If you’ve been in a head-on accident, file an accident claim with your insurance company and/or the at-fault party’s insurance company. This process can be complex and overwhelming, especially if you’ve sustained serious injuries.
After the accident, you will need to gather all pertinent data from the crash and create an accident file for yourself.
Be sure to obtain:
- any photography taken at the scene;
- witness statements; and
- the police report.
This type of information is critical in helping determine liability in a head-on crash because there is often some clarification required regarding which driver was at fault.
As soon as you are able, call an attorney or have someone call for you. You will need to speak with a law firm that specializes in automobile accidents and begin the process of reviewing your case. Especially if your injuries are severe, legal assistance can be crucial to recover the compensation due to you.