When you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision, the New York car accident lawyers at The Sanders Firm have over 46 years of experience litigating serious auto accidents. Few accidents are as terrifying and potentially dangerous as head-on collisions. In the worst-case scenario, this type of accident can cause multiple deaths. Even under the best circumstances, involved drivers and passengers rarely walk away unharmed. Beyond physical injury and emotional trauma, head on collisions in New York often involve significant property damage, sometimes totaling the vehicles involved in the crash.
At The Sanders Firm, we know what you’re going through and how important compensation can be to the recovery process. You may be faced with medical bills or the purchase and repairs of your vehicle. Our New York personal injury attorneys will help you and your family move on from this experience, and will help you obtain the maximum benefits available. You shouldn’t have to suffer the financial burden of another driver’s carelessness.
Causes of head on collisions in New York
Head-on collisions are often caused by negligent drivers, although inclement weather and poorly maintained roadways can also be at fault.
Common causes of head-on collisions include:
- Excessive speeding
- Drunk drivers
- Drivers under the influence of drugs
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Texting while driving
- Talking on the phone
- Distracted driving
- Road rage or aggressive driving
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way street, entrance ramp, or interstate
- Negligent and/or aggressive mass transit or truck drivers
- Dangerous, defective and poorly maintained roadways
- Inclement weather conditions, especially rain, snow and ice
Head-on collision injuries
Head-on collisions can have lasting health consequences, more than almost any other type of accident. In most types of auto accidents, one vehicle crashes into a stationary object (like a telephone pole) or another car moving in the same direction. In a head-on crash, however, two vehicles are traveling toward each other and the resulting collision combines the energy from their opposing speeds. This creates a much stronger, more powerful impact than other types of car accidents, and therefore results in the most serious crash injuries.
Head on collision car accident injuries include:
- Deep lacerations from broken glass
- Traumatic brain injury
- Vertebrae fractures
- Soft tissue damage, including whiplash
- Neck injuries, including sprains
- Broken bones
- Severe bruise and/or hematomas
- Back injuries
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Leg and knee injuries
Liability in a head-on collision
Head on collisions in New York are most often the result of reckless driving. In this case, the negligent party is considered at fault and will be liable for injuries and property damage sustained in a head-on car crash. Bear in mind that the symptoms of certain injuries may not arise for days, so it is always recommended, no matter how seemingly insignificant the damage, that you file a police report, seek medical attention, and speak with a personal injury lawyer immediately following your accident. In the tragic case of a loved ones having died in a head-on collision, surviving family members are urged to contact a wrongful death attorney to seek justice for the unnecessary loss of life.
File a head-on collision lawsuit
If you have been involved in a head-on collision, The Sanders Firm can help you file a car accident lawsuit in New York. With more than four decades of combined experience in car accident law, we understand your suffering and needs – and how to get you compensation to afford treatment for your injuries. If you are a resident of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island or Long Island, schedule your free consultation with a New York car accident lawyer today at 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752).