Head-On Collision Accidents
Being involved in any type of car accident is extremely dangerous, but some are consistently more damaging than others. One such accident is a head-on collision, where two vehicles approaching from opposite directions hit each other head-on, causing serious damages and injuries that can vary depending on the speed each car was approaching, the size differences of each vehicle, whether or not everyone in the vehicles was wearing a seatbelt, and many other variables that could affect the outcome of each collision.
In many cases, a head-on crash can be caused by one driver crossing over the center line into oncoming traffic, whether because they are intoxicated, distracted, have fallen asleep at the wheel, or some other reason. If you are the victim of a head-on crash that someone else caused, you may be able to seek more compensation for the accident than their insurance company is initially offering you. With the help of a personal injury attorney in Northridge, you will be able to have a professional representing you through a series of negotiations and ultimately in a civil lawsuit if negotiations are unsuccessful.
Read more about head-on collisions below, and contact us as soon as possible to request a free initial consultation and get started on your own case today.
What Happens In a Head-On Collision?
In a head-on crash, two vehicles collide while they are heading towards each other, effectively increasing the speed of the impact by the sum of the two speeds (there is much more calculation that goes into actually calculating the increase of the impact). The passengers in each car are violently thrown forward against their seatbelts, the airbags are deployed to soften their blow, and each car will come to a stop. Depending on the speeds of both cars, these types of accidents can easily be deadly, and in many other cases can cause serious, if not permanent injuries. Even when a passenger is properly wearing their seatbelt, these types of accidents can still lead to life-threatening situations because of the intensity of the impact.
Is a Head-On Collision More Dangerous?
Since the force of the impact has the potential to be significantly higher than in a situation where the cars were moving alongside each other, or a car struck a stationary object, the possibility of injuries is also significantly higher. Rollover crashes are also found to be extremely dangerous due to the unpredictable motion that they take, and therefore the unpredictable directions of force that the passengers must endure.
During a head-on collision, speed is a major factor in the possibility of death in these types of crashes. If someone is not wearing a seatbelt, or is not sitting correctly in the seat, these are also factors that play significant roles in the possible outcomes of these crashes. People can be killed from internal bleeding, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, and many more ways in these types of accidents.
Contact Us Today To Request a Free Consultation
The sooner you begin working with a personal injury attorney, the sooner you will be able to focus on your physical recovery without the additional stress of worrying about taking care of all of the administrative details required of you. Stress has been shown to adversely impact physical recovery, so it is important that you give yourself this peace of mind early on.
Once we are working together, we will be able to handle all communications between you and the insurance companies as your legal representatives, including handling all negotiations regarding a settlement offer. The initial offer than an insurance company makes is never the amount that the victim is rightfully entitled to, so we will use the offer as a starting point in order to aggressively seek the amount that you actually deserve. If we are unable to reach an agreement during these negotiations, then the next step will be to file a civil lawsuit in the California court system in order to get you your damage payments through a judge and jury.