Thousands of car accident victims sustain serious or even life-threatening injuries in the Fort Worth area every year. A head-on collision can easily result in significant harm. A car colliding head-on with an object will sustain a powerful force upon the vehicle and its occupants. A wreck that involves two cars traveling toward each other can be particularly disastrous, since the force that stops each car will be much greater than if they had hit a stationary object.
If you’ve been injured in a head-on collision, don’t hesitate to contact a Fort Worth car accident lawyer at Anderson Injury Lawyers. Your case must be properly investigated if you are to recover the compensation that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation of your case with one of our skilled lawyers, call 817-294-1900 today, or reach out online.
Head-On Collisions: A Serious Risk
Every car accident is unique and can cause harm and even death to passengers as well as pedestrians. However, certain aspects of head-on collisions make them especially dangerous. Colliding with a car that is traveling in the opposite direction will generally result in serious physical harm to numerous people.
Large interstates such as I-20 and I-35 are designed as divided highways to make head-on collisions unlikely or impossible. However, most roads are not built this way, and Fort Worth roads see many head-on crashes.
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Common Causes of Head-On Collisions
A head-on collision can happen anywhere, including in both light and heavy traffic. While these serious wrecks have many causes, some of the most common include:
- Distracted driving - A distracted driver may not notice that their car has veered out of their lane until it’s too late. Many things can distract someone who is behind the wheel, and they might not be able to correct their course in time to avoid a wreck.
- Fatigued driving - A drowsy driver can fall asleep and cause a head-on collision. Many motorists, such as commercial truck drivers, go too long without sleep and veer into oncoming traffic as a result.
- Intoxicated driving - Head-on collisions often occur when a driver goes the wrong way on the road after consuming drugs or alcohol. An intoxicated driver might not be able to react in time to avoid a crash.
- Dangerous conditions - A driver can suddenly lose control of their car in heavy rain, due to ice, or if dangerous debris is on the road. Drivers must travel at safe speeds and with extra care when conditions are not ideal.
- Defective vehicles - A damaged car can suddenly cause a driver to lose control and veer into oncoming traffic. Unsafe cars can be caused by a lack of maintenance and other related problems.
- Reckless driving - Some drivers fail to consider the safety of others as they speed or weave in and out of traffic. These individuals can catch anyone by surprise, even causing deadly accidents.
Head-On Collision Injuries
Any car accident can cause great physical harm to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Your body can be violently hit by part of your car, and your condition can make it difficult to exit your vehicle and get to safety. A head-on collision can result in the front of your vehicle pushing the dashboard or steering wheel into your body. Additionally, many victims of head-on collisions do not stay in their cars, but are instead ejected. This can cause you to hit the ground or another object, and you can find yourself in the path of other moving vehicles.
Head-on collision victims are frequently rushed to Fort Worth area hospitals such as Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital or John Peter Smith Hospital with serious and even life-threatening injuries. We’ve handled cases where our clients have suffered a range of injuries, including:
- Neck or back injuries - These injuries are common in hard-hitting impacts. Many victims suffer from compressed spinal discs or even spinal cord injuries.
- Whiplash - Caused by damaged muscles in the neck or base of the skull, whiplash can get worse over time if not properly treated. Symptoms include stiffness, numbness, and increasing pain.
- Brain damage - Your brain can be permanently damaged from a hard impact or an object penetrating your skull. These injuries can make even the most basic of functions difficult for the rest of your life.
- Damaged joints - A serious collision can cause your hips, knees, elbows, or wrists to be struck by part of your car. Tears and dislocated bones are common joint damage after a motor vehicle accident.
- Cuts and lacerations - Your skin can be cut or punctured by debris in any car crash. This can result in pain, extensive scar tissue damage, and even serious blood loss.
- Organ damage - Internal organs can be seriously injured after a hard impact or due to cuts or puncture wounds. Commonly damaged organs in car accidents include eyes, lungs, and even your brain.
How Can Our Fort Worth Head-On Collision Attorneys Help?
Head-on collisions often turn into complex cases that are hard fought by all involved parties. In order to ensure full and fair compensation, it’s important to hire a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney to fight for you.
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we have a track record of success. We've won millions of dollars for our clients over the years and have experience handling head-on collision cases. Additionally, we understand how important it is to determine the exact cause of your accident. This involves interviewing witnesses, working with your doctors, investigating vehicle records, and even analyzing accident reconstruction data. As attorneys representing injury victims, we must demonstrate the other party’s negligence, and then show that that directly resulted in their harm. Damages that you can recover after your head-on collision include:
- Medical costs - even for future needs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning potential
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Mobility equipment needs
Contact a Fort Worth Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Following a car accident, your lawyer will build a strong case on your behalf. At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we have recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients, and we’re ready to put our decades of experience to work for you. If we cannot secure an acceptable financial settlement, we are ready to take your case to trial.