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.
Begin your case with a no-cost consultation. Contact our South Bend
auto accident attorneys today!
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
Neck, head, and
spinal cord injuries
- Abdominal injuries and internal organ damage
- Chest and lung injuries
- Limb injuries
- Dental damage
- Facial fractures
- Fractured bones
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
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
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.
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