Columbia Head-On Collisions Lawyer
Head-on collisions are one of the most catastrophic types of crashes, and often leave victims with debilitating injuries, chronic pain, and immobility for months or years to come. If you were struck by a wrong-way driver, a distracted driver who crossed the yellow lines, or a drunk driver who somehow went the wrong way down an onramp, the Columbia head-on collision lawyers at Simmons Law Firm are here to help you seek financial compensation for your damages.
Damages in a Head-On Collision
- Medical bills;
- Projected medical expenses;
- Property damage;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost earning capacity due to disability;
- Lost wages; and
Why Head-On Collisions Are so Dangerous
Head-on collisions represent just two percent of all crash types, yet account for 10.9 percent of fatal crashes, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Head-on crashes result in such high numbers of fatalities and serious injuries because the combined speed of each vehicle essentially creates double the force, if both vehicles are the same mass and are traveling at the same speed. For instance, if two average sized cars traveling just 25 miles per hour collide in a head-on crash, the force exerted on the drivers would be similar to running into a fixed object at 50 miles per hour. And, as max speed limits have risen to 70 miles per hour or higher (including South Carolina according to the IIHS) in all but eight states, deaths and traumatic injuries from head-on collisions are more likely now than before, even with the added safety features of better airbags and structural design. Research found that at 56 miles per hour, the occupants of two same-sized vehicles would most likely suffer severe brain and neck injuries, as well as leg fractures, in a head-on collision. Serious injury can occur even at much lower-speed head-on collisions.
Injuries in a Head-On Collision
Because of the combined forces of each vehicle, head-on collisions are one of the most violent types of crashes, and victims are often left with severe injuries, such as the following:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Soft tissue injuries to ligaments and joints;
- Whiplash; and
- Facial injuries.
Causes of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions are generally caused by drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and impatient/aggressive drivers:
- Speeding and losing control of the vehicle;
- Aggressive driving/road rage;
- Drunk driving;
- Aggressive driver making an unsafe pass on a two-lane road;
- Falling asleep behind the wheel;
- Distracted driving from cell phone use;
- Distracted driving from GPS navigation; and
- Driving too fast in inclement weather and losing control.
Call Our Columbia Head-On Collisions Attorneys Today
As the victim of a head-on collision, you have a right to be compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, and much more. The only way to secure fair compensation is to work with an attorney and file a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver. The Columbia head-on collision attorneys at Simmons Law Firm are available at 803-779-4600. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.