Rear End and Head On Collisions
In a head-on collision, the impact of the cars that crash into each other is equal to double the impact that would result from driving into a wall. Occupants of a car or truck are typically very seriously injured in a head-on collision. Head injuries, neck injuries and back injuries are common — as are broken legs and other serious injuries. The “Jaws of Life” may be required to extract the injured person from the car.
Fatalities are common in these types of motor vehicle crashes. Sometimes a head-on collision results in a tragic double fatality, killing the driver of each car.
Determining who was at fault in a head-on collision may seem clear: it should be the driver who was not in his or her lane of traffic, correct? Maybe in most cases, yes. But it may also be that the driver who crossed into oncoming traffic was pushed out of place by another car — which may have sped on by, unidentified. Eyewitness accounts are very valuable, if they are available.
A rear-end collision is another story. Injuries tend to be less severe than in a head-on collision, but the driver is especially vulnerable to neck injury. At normal speed on a city street, a rear-end collision can result in injuries ranging from minor soft-tissue injury to catastrophic injury (traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury) or death. At a high speed, rear-end collisions often result in fatalities just as rollovers and head-on collisions do.
A wrongful death case resulting from a rear-end or head-on collision will seek to compensate a family for an irreplaceable loss. While the deceased person can no longer earn a living for his family or provide moral guidance for children, monetary compensation can give the surviving family the financial means to move forward, replacing lost income and providing for children’s college tuition in the future.
After a Head-On or Rear-End Collision Injury, We Can Help
Our motor vehicle accident lawyers have helped many clients obtain the compensation they need after a head-on or rear-end collision. Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled auto accident lawyer.