Head-On Collision Lawyers in Austin
According to statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation, 419 people lost their lives in head-on accidents in Texas in 2011. These crashes accounted for almost 14 percent of the 3,015 fatalities that occurred over the course of the year.
Head-on accidents are often fatal or cause serious injury because they subject drivers and passengers to tremendous forces. Head-on accidents are also likely to occur at high speeds with drivers who do not use normal crash-avoidance measures, such as slowing down or swerving to avoid a direct hit.
Two cars that crash head on combine their momentum. In other words, if there are two cars going 30 mph each and they collide directly, the combined force of the impact from the wreck will double to 60 mph. This is a significant amount of force for the cars and the human body to absorb. At highway speeds of 60-70 mph or more, it is easy to see why head-on crashes are so often serious.
Injuries from Head-On Accidents
Even when head-on accidents do not cause fatalities, the consequences of the accident are likely to be very serious. Some of the most common types of injuries that are suffered in head-on collisions include:
- Paraplegia, quadriplegia or other injuries resulting from damage to the spinal cord
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones and fractures
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Air bag injuries
- Injuries to the hips, legs and knees
- Facial injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage.
Causes of Head-On Collisions
Head-on accidents can happen for a variety of different reasons. Some of the common causes of head-on crashes include:
- Unsafe passing
- Wrong-way drivers
- Drunk driving
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driving too fast through curves
- Loss of control.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials reports that the majority of head-on accidents occur on undivided, two-lane roads, and that 75 percent of head-on crashes occur in rural areas. Sixty-eight percent of these fatal head-on collisions happen when a driver is driving straight.
Compensation for Head-On Collisions in Texas
Many head-on accidents are caused by driver negligence or recklessness. A driver who is breaking Texas laws on speeding, passing, texting, drunk driving or other safety issues could be held accountable for the head-on accident that results.
To take action against the responsible driver after a car accident, the injured victim or surviving family members should contact an experienced Texas car accident attorney at The Bob Richardson Law Firm.
For more than 30 years, The Bob Richardson Law Firm has worked tirelessly on behalf of car accident victims in Austin, Waco and surrounding Texas communities. To learn how we can help you with your car accident case, and to receive a free case evaluation, call us today toll free at 800-880-5100 or use our online form.
- Texas Department of Transportation
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials