Head-on Collision. Just the phrase alone can stop you in your tracks. And for good reason. When it comes to car accidents, head-on collisions between cars frequently result in serious injury, or even death, to the drivers and passengers of the cars involved. While statistics demonstrate that direct head-on accidents are less common than accidents in which one car hits another from an angle, the impact of a head-on collision is particularly severe. Tests using crash-test dummies have demonstrated that the impact of hitting another car head-on is like driving a car into a solid concrete wall.
Recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offer the encouraging news that the existence of air-bags in most late-model cars, accompanied by diligently enforced seat-belt laws and enhanced safety restraint systems, such as improved child-car seats, have significantly reduced the chances that a head-on accident will result in a fatality. However, while restraints and air-bags can prevent the worst effects of many head-on accidents, serious injuries and fatalities still occur in head-on collisions, particularly for the occupants of smaller, lightweight vehicles.
Head-on accidents generally occur because one driver has left the lane in which he or she should be driving—often the result of a driver being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, because a driver has fallen asleep, or the driver swerves to avoid another hazard. This also means that head-on accidents are much more likely to occur on roads that lack a barrier between opposing lanes of traffic, such as a concrete barrier or other physical separation or indicator that may serve to warn a wavering driver of the potential problem before he or she enters an oncoming lane of traffic. Head-on accidents also occur when a driver enters a one-way road, such as a highway on-ramp or off-ramp, in the wrong direction. While important strides have been made in both highway design and road signage to prevent or minimize these types of collisions, the fact is, drivers who are obeying all traffic laws often have little defense against other drivers who suddenly leave their lane and enter the oncoming lane, since the speed of both vehicles reduces the time either driver has to react. In addition to the likelihood of physical injury, of course, head-on accidents are also more likely to result in significant and expensive damage to the vehicles, since most cars have engines in the front, where the impact occurs.
If you have been involved in a head-on car accident, or a loved one or children have been injured or killed in a head-on accident in South Florida, chances are that you have suffered a significant setback both physically and financially, in addition to experiencing the emotional trauma caused by such an event. The attorneys at the Flaxman Law Group can help you. Our team of dedicated and experienced South Florida head-on accident attorneys is prepared to handle all your claims related to your car accident, including an accident that may involve a drunk driver. We have helped many car accident victims to recover fully from head-on accident claims, for physical and property damage, as well as mental anguish and suffering. If you would like to find out what rights and recourse you have, the Flaxman Law Group offers a no-obligation, no-cost consultation to discuss your situation. We will take the time to make sure that you understand all your options and, once we agree to move forward, you can rest assured that there are no hidden costs and you will not have to pay Flaxman Law Group anything if we do not win your case or get an out-of-court settlement. We can meet at your hospital room, office, or home for the consultation, or you can speak with one of our qualified South Florida attorneys any time you need to by telephone—7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
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