Few accidents are more catastrophic than a head-on collision. In fact, across the nation, head-on crashes account for only two percent of all collisions but make up nearly 10 percent of all fatalities, meaning that though they are not that common, when a head-on crash does occur, those involved are much more likely to be killed than those involved in other types of car accidents.
Even if a victim survives a head-on crash, the odds are that the victim will suffer injuries, many of which may be serious and may last for years or even the remainder of a victim's lifetime. When an accident leaves someone seriously injured, it may seem like no one is on the victim's side and that no relief is possible.
But the laws in Phoenix make that untrue. Rather, if the negligence of another driver causes you to become injured, you may be entitled to bring a claim for your damages against that responsible driver. Compensation can be sought to provide you with adequate funds to cover all your expenses associated with your injuries, including your medical bills. And in the tragic case where a loved one is killed in a crash, the surviving family members may be entitled to bring a claim for their losses against the driver responsible for the collision in what is known as a wrongful death claim. A lawyer who represents injury victims can help you understand what legal options may be available to you and your family.
Phoenix Head-On Collisions
Head-on crashes are common in areas where opposing traffic travels in undivided lanes as well as at intersections. This means that where traffic travels in both directions, like north and south, without a median or other divider between the lanes, head-on crashes are likely to occur.
In Phoenix, many roads, including the highways and freeways, have divided traffic. This puts some form of non-road surface between opposing traffic and limits the ability for a head-on crash. But in the more rural areas surrounding the Valley and as drivers head to other areas of the state, many of the roads are undivided, two lane highways with light traffic and long, straight lanes of travel. These are the areas where many head-on collisions occur.
When traffic is undivided, a car that crosses the center line will place the vehicle in the path of any oncoming traffic. If a car is in the opposing lane at the same time another vehicle crosses a center line, a collision is likely to occur. With any car crash, the speed of the vehicles involved and the weight of the relative vehicles determine the overall force involved in the crash. When speeds are high, the force of impact is also high and the crash that results often serious. As many of these accidents occur when cars are traveling at highway speeds, these accidents often turn deadly.
The other common type of head-on collision in Phoenix occurs at intersections, either controlled by a stop light or by stop signs. At these intersections, the rules of the road require drivers to yield the right-of-way, or wait their turn before proceeding into the intersection. That may mean stopping at a red light or a stop sign until the light changes or traffic clears or it may mean waiting until oncoming traffic dissipates before initiating a left turn. Failing to yield the right-of-way may put two vehicles in the same place at the same time, and if the front ends of both vehicles collide, a head-on crash occurs.
Claims for Injuries Caused by Head-On Collisions
If an accident results because of the negligence of another, a victim injured in that crash may be entitled to financial compensation for any injuries that result. Commonly, these claims are asserted against the responsible driver, owner of the at-fault vehicle, or any company that manufactured a faulty or defective part that lead to a crash. In some cases, claims may be brought against multiple parties to maximize any recovery made in a particular case.
Many people do not realize that a claim can still be made even if you were in the same car as the at-fault driver in a head-on crash. If you were a victim and you were injured, you may have a claim, regardless of who was responsible for the collision.
Speaking with an injury attorney can help you understand the facts of your case and what relief may be available to you. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are personal injury lawyers with a history of helping victims of head-on collisions bring claims and obtain the relief they deserve. To give you the best help possible, we offer a free, no obligation case consultation to all accident victims who call us at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191, and unlike other firms, we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we understand that the effects of a collision can be widespread and that the damage can be felt by a family for years. That is why we put our clients' first and we fight for the best possible result in every case we handle. If you have been involved in an accident, make sure you understand your rights and your options. Call us today and let us help you.
If you have been involved in a head-on collision, call us today at (855) PHX-LAWYER or Contact Us online for a free consultation.