Head-on Collisions and Injuries
Head-on collisions are some of the most devastating accidents that can occur on the road.
More than 3,600 head-on collisions occur each year in the United States, which account for more than 10 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). In a recent year, 600 people in Texas died as a result of head-on crashes, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Data consistently shows that head-on collisions are more likely to result in severe injuries or fatalities than other types of accidents. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head-on collisions make up approximately 2.5% of all crashes, yet account for more than 10% of all traffic fatalities.
If you were hurt in a head-on collision accident caused by another driver’s negligence, contact the Texas car accident attorneys at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund. We’ll let you know what type of compensation you may be entitled to and how we can help.
How Are Head-On Collisions Caused?
Head-on collisions occur for a wide variety of reasons. Some of the most common include:
- Distracted driving, including talking on a cell phone, texting, or eating
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications
- Driving while fatigued, which can cause drivers to cross the center line
- Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Taking curves too fast
- Improper passing
- Failure to stay in the proper lane
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Driving the wrong way down a one-way road
- Improper turns
- Overcorrecting or swerving
- Obscured vision due to rain, snow, fog, glare, lights, buildings, other vehicles, or trees
What Are Common Injuries in Head-On Collisions?
Some of the most common injuries people suffer in head-on crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back, neck, and spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
Those who have suffered severe injuries in a head-on collision may face an uphill battle to heal and return to the life they once knew. In severe cases, the victim may require life-long medical care or may be permanently disabled.
Even if a victim recovers physically from their injuries, they may struggle with mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to PTSD experts, car accidents are a leading cause of this condition.
Depending on the extent of your injuries and the circumstances of your crash, you may be owed significant compensation. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for the losses you suffered, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damages
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help with Your Head-On Crash
At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, our skilled head-on collision accident lawyers are ready to stand up and fight for you if you’ve been hurt in a head-on collision. We are one of the largest firms in Texas, with offices across the state and throughout the nation. This means that we have the resources necessary to build a strong case and fight for the full and fair compensation you are owed.
Call us or contact us for a free case evaluation.