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Taking the Right Legal Steps After a Head-on Collision

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Head-on collisions, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are among the most dangerous types of car accidents. Its results are usually life-altering injuries or wrongful death.

Car accidents, especially, head-on collisions, are primarily due to driver error (driver error is also the cause to more than 90% of the five million motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. every year). Causes of head-on collisions include: inattentive or distracted driving; a driver drifting into oncoming traffic; a driver who, knowingly or unknowingly, drives the wrong way on a highway or residential road; making a dangerous passing maneuver; driving while intoxicated; driving at excessive speed; or, falling asleep at the wheel. These are nothing less than negligence or reckless road behavior, a fault that can easily be prevented and corrected.

Only about 2% of the more than five million motor vehicle crashes is accounted to head-on collisions; however, of the 30,000 plus fatal accidents, more than 10% is due to vehicles colliding head on. And while there may be drivers able to survive this very dangerous crash, the most likely results are severe injuries, like spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, and paralysis, among others.

Knowledge of the possible severe consequences of head-on collisions is the main reason why many drivers pray never to get involved in this type of car crash. To help prevent this, many states, on their part, have installed stretches of steel wire cable in large highways to keep head-on collisions from ever occurring at freeway speeds.

A driver who causes a head-on collision accident due negligence or recklessness can be held liable for the consequences of his/her carelessness. The only major difficulty in this type of accident is determining who is really at fault since the force of impact can send both vehicles in flying in positions different than during the time of impact. A reconstruction of the accident by a specialist is usually necessitated in order to determine who was at fault, based on the skid marks on the road.

New Jersey car accident attorneys of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm share very important information regarding car accidents, saying, β€œIn the immediate aftermath of a car accident that causes injury, most people’s first instinct is to contact their insurance companies to make a claim.” Your legal right to seek financial compensation after a car accident, like in New Jersey, for instance, depends on the type of insurance coverage you have, and may also depend on the other driver’s coverage. Your car insurance includes either a limitation on the right to sue or no limitation on the right to sue. In many cases, especially serious auto accident cases, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer before talking with your insurance company and the defendants to make sure all of your rights are protected.”

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