Have you been in a head on collision and been injured as a result? Head on accidents typically cause some of the worst injuries of all auto collisions, and the death rate from these types of accidents is high. This is simply because of the physics involved in the crash. With two vehicles colliding from opposite directions, the combined force of the impact is generally at least twice the amount of an accident where someone strikes a stationary vehicle or object. And the injuries reflect that combined force.
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Typical Injuries Suffered in Head On Accidents
Generally, those involved in a head on crash tend to be thrown forward. This leads to certain injuries that are common in these types of cases. They include:
- Whiplash is one of the injuries that, although commonly suffered in head on collisions, may not be apparent until a day or more after the crash.
- Chest Injuries. The impact of the seat belt, an air bag, or even the steering wheel can cause significant injuries to the driver and any passenger in a head on accident.
- Leg Injuries. Being forced forward in a crash means that the legs and feet often absorb the major impact of the crash. This can lead to knee injuries and similar leg and foot problems.
- Spinal Injuries. Injuries to the spine and the spinal cord can be catastrophic, and some could result in paralysis.
- Head Injuries. Head on impact often leads to your head being flung back and forth with tremendous force. This can lead to serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
These are just some examples of the types of injuries that may result from a head on crash.
Determining Fault in a Head On Collision
There are times when it is relatively clear who is at fault in a head on crash case. Indeed, Arizona has enacted a specific statute – A.R.S. 28-1383(5) – which makes it a felony to drive the wrong way on a highway while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two. The law is a recognition of the level of danger involved in a head on collision. In other cases, the issue will be a function of whether one driver veered into the wrong lane, or other factors. In any case, at the Kelly Law Team, we have the experience to determine who was at fault in a head on crash, and we will use that experience to provide you with the maximum recovery in your case.
Causes of Head On Collisions
There are a variety of possible causes of head on vehicle crashes. Here are some of them:
- As we said, Arizona is particularly mindful of the dangers on “wrong way” driving.
- Distracted Driving. Cell phone use (whether talking or texting on a hand-held device), paying attention to passengers, including children, and even checking social media will distract a driver and could lead to a head on accident.
- Ignoring Traffic Signs. Failing to observe and adhere to traffic signs and signals can lead to an accident.
- Left Turn Accidents. If a driver attempts to make a left turn ignoring oncoming traffic, a head on collision is likely.
The best way to avoid a head on collision is to pay attention to your surroundings, avoid distractions, and remain aware that others on the road may not be as diligent as you when it comes to safe driving. But if you are the victim of a head on collision, the Kelly Law Team can help.
Phoenix Head On Accident Injuries
If you have been injured in a head on collision, your injuries may be serious. You want – and deserve – to be compensated for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. John Kelly is a Phoenix personal injury attorney with the experience and skills to handle your case properly and to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Call for a free consultation.
Call the Kelly Law Team at 602-283-4122