Head-On Car Accidents
Head-on collisions are one of the worst types of car accidents in Houston or anywhere else for that matter.
Some head-on collisions are caused by “wrong way drivers.”
This is a term that has been used in recent years to describe drivers, usually drunk drivers at night, who get disoriented and:
- drive the wrong way on a feeder road or
- try to enter the interstate going the wrong way up an exit ramp.
Another recent example in Texas occurred when a group of university students were driving back to Houston from spring break.
The highway they were driving on was not divided.
The driver, who was looking at a map on her phone for directions caused the car to swerve out of their lane.
The driver then over-corrected trying to get back in her lane and then over-corrected again.
This time the car crossed the median and collided head-on with an 18-wheeler going the other way.
The accident caused VERY serious injuries.
These types of accidents often result in one or more fatalities of the occupants of the vehicles involved. A front end or head-on collision is the most common type of crash that results in fatalities.
While many accidents occur after a driver loses control, many head-on collisions are the result of DWI drunk drivers or drowsy, fatigued drivers. An experienced, award-winning car accident lawyer can help you achieve the maximum award for your injuries.
Although the number of head-on collision car accidents in Houston each year is a small percentage of the overall number of collisions, they disproportionately result in fatalities. The reason for this is the physics involved.
When a car traveling 50 miles per hour in one direction hits another car head-on, traveling in the opposite direction at 50 miles per hour, the impact is equivalent to a vehicle hitting a concrete wall at 100 miles per hour. Therefore, the results of a head-on collision can be devastating even at relatively low speeds.
A major cause of head-on collisions in Texas is driver inattentiveness such as a driver texting or talking on a cell phone or by distractions from other occupants in the vehicle.
We often also see head-on collisions resulting from drivers fleeing from law enforcement officers or intoxicated drivers mistakenly driving the wrong way and into oncoming traffic.
Head-on collisions also occur with commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers which can result from failure to maintain the vehicle, or driver inexperience or error.
Regardless of the types of vehicles involved or cause, the results of a head-on collision can be devastating to those involved.
Our Houston car accident lawyers often see traumatic brain injuries and/or severely broken bones and other serious and catastrophic injuries in persons involved in head-on collisions. Many of these types of accidents result in death to the vehicles’ occupants.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a head-on collision, it is important to contact Houston, Texas injury trial lawyer Michael P. Fleming immediately. The process of pursuing a claim against an at-fault and negligent driver can be long and complicated. You need experienced personal injury attorneys. Call today for a free consultation 888-529-0018.