Common Causes of Head-on Collisions
Any kind of car accident can cause an injury. Even those little fender-benders can cause injuries. But in this article, we want to talk about head-on collisions. These types of serious car accidents aren’t as common as fender-benders, but the injuries that occur with head-on collisions are often devastating. Medical treatment is extensive, and unfortunately, very expensive. On top of that, most people who recover from these injuries are unable to work for long stretches of time. For these reasons and more, you need to have a personal injury attorney like Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys in your corner to help get you the justice you deserve.
Let’s take a closer look at the statistics
No one accident is exactly the same as another. However, there are some contributing factors that are often common in many accidents, including those that are head-on collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving is the leading factor when it comes to fatality-related crashes. Speeding is next on the list, followed up by distracted driving — an increasing contributor due to the heavy usage of smart phones. Although head-on collisions are rare, one of these above-mentioned factors is often in play when these types of accidents occur. You can take a look at some more quick stats here from the NHTSA.
Again, no one accident out there is exactly the same. Weather can also play a part in head-on collisions. Poor visibility due to rain or snow can cause drivers to inadvertently steer into oncoming traffic. Disobeying street signs is another one. Blown stop signs can very easily lead to head-on collisions. Driving a car is always a risk and it’s important to be aware of the many potential contributors that can lead to a head-on collision.
What happens AFTER a head-on collision?
Now that we know a little bit more about the top causes of head-on collisions, let’s talk a little bit about the consequences. In other words, let’s take a look at possible injuries.
Head-on collisions usually lead to major injuries. Broken bones, blood loss, concussions and lacerations are just a small handful of injuries that can occur. If there is a spinal injury or a brain injury, there may be some long term disabilities that will need to be addressed. Psychologically speaking, a major car accident can also bring on depression, anxiety and other mental issues.
Due to the severity of the injuries that are often associated with head-on collisions, it is highly recommended that you have a personal injury lawyer to make sure you receive the proper compensation for your case. Many of these injuries require long term care that can bring about very expensive medical bills.
Oregon Car Accident Laws
There are a lot laws out there, and we certainly don’t expect you to know them all. That’s why you get a lawyer! For those here in Oregon, it always helps to be familiar with the some of the accident reporting and responsibilities laws. You can brush up on them here. But at the end of the day, a personal injury lawyer is your best bet if you were injured in a head-on collision.
For a free case evaluation, contact us today. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys know the Oregon laws inside and out. Our goal is to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve to ensure that you have the financial means to support your injury.