One of the scariest types of car accidents is when you see it coming, but there’s nothing you can do. A head-on collision clearly falls into this category. When you’re driving down a road and see headlights coming at you, your heart may skip a beat. Most of the time, the headlights harmlessly pass as the driver of the other car manages to keep his/her vehicle in his lane. However, every so often cars veer into oncoming traffic, causing life-changing injuries.Head-On Collisions are Catastrophic
In every case, one of the biggest factors in determining the severity of a car accident injury is speed. While there are certainly people who get injured in low-speed crashes, high speed crashes come with much higher risk of severe, or even fatal, injuries. This risk is doubled in a head-on collision. Because of inertia, two cars colliding while traveling in the opposite direction doubles the effective speed of the collision. If you’re driving 40 miles per hour and the other driver travels at 50, it’s like you were in an accident at 90 miles per hour. These speeds can make a crash deadly.Head-On Highway Accidents
One of the deadliest types of car accidents is when someone gets on the highway in the wrong direction. These drivers turn their vehicles into missiles as they barrel down the highway at 60, 70, or even 80 miles per hour.
Even drivers traveling at the speed limit have little time to react to someone speeding in the opposite direction. It first takes a few seconds to realize what is happening, as it’s unfathomable to most how someone could make such a serious mistake. Then, you’re forced to take evasive action at highway speeds, which can end up causing even an experienced driver to lose control. Many people are injured in “head-on” accidents without ever coming into contact with the other vehicle.Drunk Driving and Dramshop Accidents
Often times, drivers who enter the wrong side of the highway are intoxicated. If the drunk driver who caused this collision was at a bar or other establishment that sells liquor, you might have a dramshop case, which is where you make a claim against the restaurant or bar that over-served the drunk driver. This can be especially important if the at-fault drunk driver does not have enough insurance to cover the often catastrophic injuries.Experienced Head-On Car Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a head-on collision, you need experienced lawyers. Whether your injuries are relatively minor or you lost a loved one, an experienced attorney can get you the compensation you deserve.
Insurance companies spend a lot of time and effort to try to undercut your case. You need an attorney who will stand up to the insurer.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we have decades of experience dealing with every type of car accident. The insurance companies know that we’re experienced, and they know that we won’t let you get taken advantage of.
If you’ve been injured in a head-on collision, call the car accident lawyers at Marcotte Law FIrm at (978) 458-1229.