Birmingham Head-on Collision Attorney
Head-on collisions don’t happen very often, and that’s good, because they are the deadliest and most dangerous type of auto accident. Head-on collisions happen in two percent of all crashes, but they are responsible for ten percent of deaths in non-intersection accidents. Even when not fatal, head-on crashes are horrifying and result in the most catastrophic injuries, including broken wrists, arms, and legs, facial scarring and disfigurement, brain injuries, and internal injuries and organ damage.
The Birmingham head-on collision attorneys at Goldasich, Vick & Fulk are particularly experienced in helping accident victims who have suffered the most severe injuries because of another’s negligence or misconduct. You can count on our team to be at your side and help you through this difficult time while using all our knowledge and skills in the fight to get you the significant compensation you need and deserve after you or a loved one has been seriously injured or worse in a Birmingham head-on car accident. Call our office for a no-cost consultation to find out how we can help you.
How and Why Head-on Crashes Happen
A head-on collision is most likely to occur because one driver is driving down the wrong side of the road and strikes another vehicle head-on. Although these accidents are uncommon, they can happen for lots of different reasons. Here are the main reasons head-on crashes occur:
- A drunk driver gets on the highway going the wrong way and doesn’t realize it
- A drowsy driver nods off or falls asleep and drifts into oncoming traffic
- A driver makes an unsafe lane change on a two-lane road, crossing the center line at the top of a hill or around a bend
- A driver passes another car on the left, thinking he or she can get back over safely in time to avoid an oncoming car or truck
- A distracted driver looks up at the road and panics, swerving into the oncoming lane to avoid hitting a car, pedestrian or object in the road ahead
- A confused elderly or distracted driver gets on the highway going the wrong way without realizing it
Why Head-on Collisions Are so Dangerous
Head-on crashes most often happen on the highway or undivided rural roads where one or both cars are traveling at high speeds. The faster a car is going, the more forceful the impact will be. When both cars are going at a high rate of speed, this force is multiplied. Vehicle occupants get forcefully thrown around the interior of the car, striking the window, windshield, dashboard or steering wheel. Unrestrained victims are liable to be ejected from the car through the windshield and strike the pavement at incredibly high speeds. A car that gets hit head-on might also flip over, leading to deadly or severe head and brain injuries if the roof crushes as the car rolls over. For these reasons and others, head-on car accident victims are highly likely to suffer catastrophic injury or wrongful death.
Survivors of head-on crashes most often need very expensive medical care, including emergency services, surgeries, intensive care and lengthy periods of rehabilitation. They often miss significant amounts of work and may be left with permanent disabilities that prevent them from going back to their old job or working at all. The physical and emotional pain and suffering experienced by accident victims during this time is substantial. Many also find themselves haunted by lingering trauma or PTSD, reliving the accident through nightmares or finding themselves unable to ride in a car on certain roads or at all.
The tremendous medical costs and disruption in an accident victim’s life require a great deal of compensation to help them cover expenses and cope with the harm which has been done to them. Obtaining high levels of compensation for catastrophic injury victims is a focus at the Birmingham personal injury law practice of Goldasich, Vick & Fulk. We have so far collectively achieved 72 verdicts and settlements for our clients of $1,000,000 or more, and this list continues to grow. Our lawyers are compassionate with our clients as they work aggressively to getting strong results and holding negligent actors accountable for their actions and the harm they have caused.
Get the Help You Need After a Head-on Collision in Birmingham
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a head-on collision in Birmingham, call Goldasich, Vick & Fulk at 205-7361-2566 to speak with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys today.