According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 1 out of every 50 traffic collisions in the United States is a head on accident.
Acknowledged as one of the most dangerous types of auto collisions, head on accidents have the highest occurrence of fatalities compared to any of kind of accident. Wrongful death claims are very common when a crash is head on, in addition to severe, debilitating injuries and serious property damage.
Here at Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we have spent many years successfully representing North Carolina residents who have suffered personal injuries due to head on collisions and genuinely understand the immense stress that accident victims undergo.
With this mind, our motor vehicle collision lawyers concentrate on every portion of the litigation process, leaving you to focus on recovering from your injuries, knowing that your best interests are being represented at all times.
To find out how we can help you today, simply fill out and submit the “Free Case Review” form located to the right – it’s 100% free.
Causes of a Head On Accident
When two vehicles are moving in the opposite direction and crash, a head on accident has occurred. Typically, this occurs when two vehicles’ bumpers strike one another, but can also include a vehicle hitting a fixed object such as a tree or telephone pole.
More often than not, a head on collision is caused by some kind of driver negligence. In many cases, the driver of one vehicle becomes distracted or unfocused, causing them to make life-threatening maneuver on the roads and highways throughout North Carolina which unfortunately, places them in front of on-coming traffic.
The following are some of the most common causes of a head on accident:
- Turning around a corner as high speeds
- Neglecting to adhere to traffic signs and posted speed limits
- Bad judgment when passing another vehicle
- Tire blowouts
- Low visibility because of adverse weather conditions
- Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Taking a wide turn around a bend with a large blind spot
- Turning into oncoming traffic
- Obstacles blocking the road such as debris or animals
- Construction work or new traffic patterns
While some traffic crashes are certainly unavoidable, being aware of the most typical causes of a head on accident may help most drivers to circumvent a crash, while using some simple defensive driving techniques can also help to minimize the chances of being in a serious collision.
Common Head On Collision Injuries
Unfortunately, many head on collisions result in the wrongful death of the vehicle occupants. Due to the massive impact and serious nature of this type of crash, motorists who survive in a head on accident will likely need immediate medical attention.
While some of the injuries commonly found in these kinds of collisions are devastating, many of them are treatable when medical care is sought quickly after the incident.
The following are some of the most common injuries associated with a head on accident:
- Bones Fractures
- Brain injury
- Head and neck injury
- Spinal cord injury
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident, it is VERY IMPORTANT to seek medical attention immediately. A North Carolina physician will be able to assess the severity of injury and then treat the accident victim accordingly. Keep in mind, however, that timing is critical.
The sooner a victim is able to get to the hospital, the better the chances of finding a solution to the injuries sustained.
Contact Our North Carolina Motor Vehicle Crash Lawyer Today
Unfortunately, the state of North Carolina sees more than 1,000 traffic deaths each year alone, with many Greensboro and other NC area motorists often being unaware of what to do if they sustain this type of collision. At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we take great pride in the role we play in our local community and strongly feel that it is our responsibility to protect the rights of all North Carolina residents.
When a serious collision occurs, we strongly believe that the at-fault party must be held liable, and thus pay for any damages, losses, and suffering that the injured party has endured. As such, we combine our years of experience, exceptional resources, and unmatched compassion to craft a case that will achieve the maximum compensation for our clients.
With offices located in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro, our personal injury law firm is able to service the entire state of North Carolina. Our dedication to the pursuit of justice is shown through the personal attention that we give to each one of our clients.
To find out how we can help you, simply fill out a Free Case Evaluation located at the top of this page.