West Palm Beach Head-On Collision Attorney
Due to the combined speeds of each vehicle, head-on crashes are extremely dangerous. While head-on collisions account for a small percentage of total traffic collisions, they result in 10.1 percent of all fatal crashes, according to the Insurance Information Institute. If you were injured in a head on collision, you must contact an experienced West Palm Beach head-on collision attorney to begin the personal injury claims process. Here at Hale Law, P.A., our experienced West Palm Beach head-on collision attorneys can help you recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses and projected medical costs in the future;
- Lost wages and lost earning ability due to disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Emotional distress;
- Property damage;
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement; and
Why Head On Collisions Are So Dangerous
Most people have probably heard that the force behind a head-on collision is equal to the combined speed of each vehicle, plus each vehicle’s mass. For example, if one vehicle is traveling at 35 miles per hour, and another is traveling the same speed, the combined speed of the two is 70 miles an hour. As such, this type of collision is similar to driving into a parked vehicle as 70 miles an hour. However, if one of the vehicles is larger and taller than the other, the damage to the smaller vehicle will be even more extreme. Large vehicles, such as SUVs, pickup trucks, and commercial trucks, often roll right over the top of small sedans, resulting in extreme life-threatening injuries or death. Head-on collisions with motorcyclists and bicyclists also result in permanent injuries or death for the non-occupant.
Common Causes of Head-on Collisions
Some newer cars are equipped with Forward Collision Warning Systems, which help prevent frontal crashes, according to Safercar.gov, though many head-on crashes happen so fast that the victim is unable to take evasive action. As with virtually all traffic collisions, most head-on crashes are caused by speeding, distraction, aggressive driving, drunk driving, and/or fatigued driving.
- Distracted driver looking down at cell phone who drifts into the oncoming lane of traffic;
- Drunk driver who drifts into the oncoming lane of traffic;
- Drowsy, fatigued, or sleeping driver who drifts into the oncoming lane of traffic;
- Driver using GPS to navigate drives the wrong-way into traffic or a one-way street;
- Speeding driver loses control of vehicle, and swerves into the other lane;
- Aggressive/impatient driver passes a slower moving vehicle, moving across a double yellow or dashed yellow line, and collides with an oncoming vehicle; and
- Another form of distraction or impatient driving results in a crash, such as a parking lot or driveway collision.
Call Our Hale Law Head-On Collision Attorneys in West Palm Beach Today
Head-on collisions often result in traumatic injury, including facial injuries, fractured limbs, fractured ribs, traumatic brain injury, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, and whiplash. Even low-speed head-on collisions can result in serious injury or death. If you were injured by a negligent driver, the West Palm Beach head-on collision attorneys at Hale Law, P.A. can help. Call us today at 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation.