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Head-On Car Accidents in South Bend

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Head-on accidents are among the most deadly. Head-on crashes are the most common in rural areas. These collisions account for about 13% of fatal rural crashes, and 7% of fatal urban accidents, according to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration. Frequently, both vehicles are traveling towards each other when these accidents occur, and the combined force of each car’s momentum creates a catastrophic accident. Head-on collisions commonly cause severe injury or even death.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a head-on accident, we understand the severity of your situation. At Wruble Law Group,we have more than 40 years of combined experience and we know how to fight for your right to compensation. You and your family have suffered enough, and you deserve to recover damages that can pay for your recovery.

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Causes of Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions happen more frequently in rural areas, where poor lighting, curves, two-lane roads, and high speed limits may contribute to these accidents. Other causes may be related to the behaviors of other drivers, hazards, and poor conditions. Examples include:

  • Distracted driving. Distracted drivers may depart their lane while looking away from the road ahead.
  • Drunk driving. Drunk drivers will commonly travel the wrong way on highways of one-way streets. They may also swerve out of their way and into oncoming traffic.
  • Drowsy driving. Tired drivers may drift off behind the wheel, and leave their lane. They can easily cross into oncoming traffic.
  • Rural roads. Dark, winding, hilly, or narrow roads can be a challenge to navigate safely. High speeds and low traffic rates may cause drivers to be careless about maintaining their lane.
  • Passing. Two-lane roads may see high rates of drivers passing in the oncoming lane. If drivers miscalculate, they may cause a head-first collision.
  • Street racing. It isn’t uncommon that street racing endangers other drivers on the road. Racers may swerve into oncoming traffic to get ahead.
  • Poor road conditions. Debris, slick surfaces, potholes, and other dangers can cause drivers to lose control or swerve to avoid them.

Injuries Caused by Head-On Accidents

Because of the forces involved, even head-on collisions at low speeds can cause serious injuries. These injuries can be debilitating or require long recovery times. They may even be fatal. If you’ve been involved in a head-on accident, you deserve compensation. Recovery from these injuries can be filled with medications, surgeries, specialist appointments, rehabilitation, and other expenses.

Common injuries sustained in head-on accidents are:

  • Head trauma and traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Neck, head, and spinal cord injuries
  • Abdominal injuries and internal organ damage
  • Chest and lung injuries
  • Limb injuries
  • Amputations
  • Dental damage
  • Facial fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Fractured bones
  • Scarring

Head-on collisions can cause extensive injuries, but the initial crash may not be the only cause of injury. Pileups can occur when other cars are unable to avoid the accident, and cause repeated impacts. Airbags or hard surfaces inside the car can cause injury. Occupants may also be ejected from the vehicle. If one of the cars catches fire, victims may be burned.

Head-on collisions are often deadly. If your loved one was killed in an accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. If the deceased was married, their spouse would be the most eligible to file a suit. If the decedent was a minor, their parents would likely be the ones to sue for damages.

Comparative Fault and Liability in Head-On Accidents

It can be difficult to determine fault in a head-on accident, and it is possible that both drivers have culpability in the accident. Indiana uses modified comparative fault to determine the percentage of blame to assign to each party. Different circumstances can assign different amounts of liability to each party. A driver who is driving safely and has the right of way is likely to be assigned very little, if any, liability if they are hit by another car. A driver who is hit while driving recklessly will likely be considered liable for part of their accident.

Your South Bend Car Accident Attorneys

At Wruble Law Group, our compassionate team of personal injury attorneys is committed to your needs and goals for your case. We understand the pain and trauma you have experienced and we are here to help. Our firm believes in providing our clients with personalized, high-caliber legal representation. We proudly serve the residents of the St. Joseph’s County area.

Contact our South Bend car accident attorneys today! Call Wruble Law Group at (574) 281-0142 to schedule a free initial consultation.


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