Getting behind the wheel is as routine for most of us as brushing our teeth or taking a shower. We often take our routines for granted, assuming for the most part that everything will be as normal as it was the day before. But when a driver suddenly swerves into oncoming traffic or is heading the wrong way on a one-way street, it leaves everyone else on the road with little opportunity to react — and often no place to go. The ensuing collision is likely to cause catastrophic injuries. Both vehicles have momentum, and both crash abruptly. A head-on collision can wreck more than your car. It can wreck your life.
If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in a head-on crash, you need a highly qualified and experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights. The LA head-on car accident lawyer Chris J. Roy, founder of the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, is ready to help those people whose lives have been affected by motor vehicle wrecks. A trusted advocate offering nearly three decades of experience, Chris knows how to investigate the situation and craft a case to secure maximum compensation. He has handled numerous vehicle-related crash claims and takes pride in helping accident victims in Alexandria, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Grant Parish, and throughout Central Louisiana. Find out how he can help you by calling 1-318-487-9537 or filling out a case evaluation form.
Motor vehicles are crash tested, equipped with safety belts, and built with air bags that deploy on impact. But that doesn’t mean you won’t get hurt in a wreck. When two moving vehicles crash head-on, it doubles the impact. Imagine driving at 40 miles per hour and directly colliding with another motorist who is also going 40 miles per hour. That will cause the same amount of damage as one car hitting a stationary brick wall at 80 miles per hour. This intense force is one of the main reasons that head-on collisions result in catastrophic injuries. Another reason is that a vehicle’s driver sits in the front (also where most adult passengers sit), closer to the point of impact. Many people have been injured when the force of the crash pushes the engine right into the occupant compartment. Incidentally, while there is no question that seatbelts and airbags save lives, they also are capable of causing injuries of their own.
There are several situations in which a head-on vehicle collision can occur:
- Driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driver distraction
- Unfamiliar with the area
- Driver fatigue
- Debris in the road
- Inclement weather
- Entering an exit ramp or otherwise traveling the wrong-way on a one-way road
- Passing on a two-lane road
- Speeding around a blind curve or at the crest of a hill.
Everyone knows the dangers of driving while intoxicated, yet many people still want to believe they are sober enough to drive. It truly is better to be safe than sorry. Alcohol limits a person’s ability to judge distance, which is problematic if trying to make a left turn across traffic. Drivers under the influence can also easily become disoriented, which often leads them onto a highway exit ramp while other drivers are barreling toward them. In fact, wrong-way driving is a notable problem whether or not a driver is impaired. According to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), wrong-way wrecks cause approximately 360 deaths each year. Exhaustion is often the culprit, causing drivers to drift across the yellow line, and debris in the road that can make a driver suddenly veer into traffic.
Significant damage is common in a head-on car accident. The vehicle will be in rough shape, and so will the people inside. Even if not fatal, injuries are often permanent and debilitating, leaving the victim with devastating, recurring medical bills. Serious injuries that may occur include:
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injury
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones (especially leg and pelvic fractures)
- Traumatic brain injury
- Nerve damage.
Before starting the ignition, it’s imperative that all motor vehicle drivers take a moment to appreciate how powerful a car truly is and make the decision to take reasonable care while traveling. A motorist who drives with a clear disregard for safety is considered negligent under the law. It’s this legal theory that acts as the basis for most vehicle wrecks. If you or someone you love has been injured in a head-on collision, you need an experienced attorney to effectively represent your interests. If a family member was killed in a head-on crash, negligence may have been at play, leaving you with the right to pursue a wrongful death suit.
While the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm is large enough to supply the necessary resources to handle any type of personal injury, it is also small enough to provide the individual attention that your case deserves. Chris will carefully examine all possible avenues for compensation to make sure you get the best recovery possible. For help with your legal claim, contact the firm today for a free initial consultation by calling 1-318-487-9537 or by filling out a case evaluation form.