Car accidents can range from relatively minor bumps or scrapes to multi-vehicle pileups. While even minor collisions can result in injuries to drivers or passengers and damage to vehicles or other property, high-speed crashes are more likely to cause serious bodily harm or wrongful death. Head-on collisions are some of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents. Those who have been injured in these types of crashes will want to work with an attorney to recover financial compensation from a negligent driver or another party who was at fault.
Reasons Head-On Crashes Occur
Head-on collisions may be caused by:
- Distracted, drowsy, or drunk driving – Drivers who are not paying attention to the road or who are impaired due to fatigue or alcohol or drug use may drift across a road’s centerline and into oncoming traffic. Fatigued or intoxicated drivers may also cause head-on collisions by driving the wrong way on a one-way street or traveling the wrong way on a highway entrance or exit.
- Aggressive driving – Drivers will often attempt to pass vehicles that they believe are traveling too slowly. When doing so on a two-lane road or highway, they may enter a lane without checking to make sure it is clear, leading them to collide with oncoming traffic.
- Obstacles in the road – Drivers may swerve around cargo that has fallen from a commercial truck, potholes, or people or animals who have unexpectedly entered the road. This may lead to collisions with vehicles traveling in the opposite direction.
- Speeding – A driver who exceeds the speed limit may lose control of their vehicle and collide with oncoming vehicles. This often occurs when a driver travels too fast while going around a curve and is unable to stay within their lane.
- Poor visibility – Conditions such as fog, snowstorms, or heavy rain can make it difficult for drivers to see markings on the road, traffic signals, or other vehicles. If a driver does not take the proper care, they can drift out of their lane and collide with oncoming traffic.
- Low traction – If drivers do not slow down and take extra care when driving on wet, snowy, or icy roads, they may lose control of their vehicle and skid into other lanes, resulting in head-on collisions.
Contact Our Appleton Head-On Collision Lawyers
If you have been injured in a head-on collision or another type of car accident that was caused by a negligent driver, Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. can help you pursue financial compensation. We will gather the necessary evidence to demonstrate that a driver or another party acted negligently, including obtaining police reports, recordings of calls to 911, photographs, video footage, and witness testimony. To learn how we can help you receive the compensation you need and deserve, contact our Green Bay car accident attorneys at 920-739-7366 and schedule a free consultation today.