Liability in Head-On Collisions
Auto accidents occur every day and cause serious injuries throughout Wisconsin and across the United States. One of the most dangerous types of accident is the head-on collision, in which the front of one car crashes into the front of another car. These accidents are extremely dangerous due to the high rate of catastrophic and often fatal injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head-on collisions are more frequent in rural areas—mostly because of two lane highways—though they still cause 7 percent of traffic fatalities in urban areas, as well.
Negligence Can Lead to Head-on Collisions
Most head-on collisions occur when one vehicle crosses a road's center lane and into the path of oncoming traffic. Head-on collisions are rarely no one's fault and, generally speaking, one party is responsible for causing the accident due to negligent behavior.
The following examples of negligence often cause head-on collisions:
Impaired Drivers — Drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol often have difficulty staying in their own lane and cross over into the path of other cars. Additionally, drunk drivers may turn the wrong way on a one-way road, which can easily result in a head-on collision.
Distracted Drivers — Drivers who are texting or who otherwise take their eyes off the road can also often wander into other traffic lanes and cause head-on collisions.
Fatigued Drivers — When a driver falls asleep at the wheel, he or she is rarely able to stay in the correct lane for very long. This is especially risky for commercial truck drivers who drive long hours at a time.
Reckless Passing — On two-lane roads, aggressive drivers may become impatient with a slower-moving car and may attempt to pass the car when it is not safe to do so. If drivers do not see a car coming and do not have time to return to their appropriate lane, a head-on crash may result.
Road Hazards — When a driver sees an obstacle or hazard in the road, they often instinctively jerk the steering wheel to avoid hitting the hazard. Unfortunately, this can cause drivers to swerve into a lane of oncoming traffic. In such cases, whoever was responsible for negligently allowing the road hazard could be held liable for resulting injuries.
Call an Experienced Appleton Auto Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation
At Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., our qualified Green Bay auto accident lawyers and Appleton auto accident lawyers understand how devastating the effects of a head-on collision can be. We are also aware that head-on collisions commonly occur because a party acted in a seriously negligent manner. Our skilled legal team is committed to holding these negligent parties fully liable for your injuries and losses and to help you obtain the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled under the law. If you have suffered injury in a head-on collision or any other type of accident, please do not delay in scheduling a free consultation by calling 920-739-7366 today.