Head-on collisions are among the worst car accidents. They almost always result in catastrophic injury or death. A head-on collision typically occurs when a motor vehicle crosses a centerline or a median and crashes into an approaching vehicle. A head-on crash can also occur when a driver knowingly or unknowingly travels the wrong way down a road. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, one out of every 10 fatal crashes on locally administered two-way roads in the state are head-on collisions caused by vehicles leaving their lane and moving into oncoming traffic.
When Georgia residents are injured or killed in head-on collisions that are caused by other drivers’ negligence or recklessness, the Atlanta head-on collision lawyers of Millar & Mixon, LLC are there to help. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a head-on collision, call us today or fill out our online contact form for a free initial evaluation of your case. If we accept your case, we can represent you on a contingency-fee basis. You won’t pay us any attorney’s fees until we recover money for you.
Why Do Atlanta Head-On Collisions Happen?
A study by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) concluded that head-on collisions typically occur when a vehicle crosses a centerline or a median and crashes into an approaching vehicle. These types of car accidents can also occur when a driver travels a lane of traffic in the wrong direction, such as entering an exit or entrance ramp from the wrong direction.
The NCHRP found that head-on collisions occur “as a result of a driver’s inadvertent actions” such as running off of the road and then over-correcting, or deliberate actions, such as passing on a two-lane road.
The NCHRP’s analysis of highway fatalities that resulted from head-on collisions revealed that:
- 75 percent of head-on crashes occur on rural roads
- 75 percent of head-on crashes occur on undivided two-lane roads
- 83 percent of two-lane undivided road crashes occur on rural roads.
These statistics indicate that most head-on crashes are likely to result from a motorist making an “unintentional” maneuver — the driver falls asleep, is distracted or travels too fast in a curve, the NCHRP said. Other contributing factors may include falling asleep or drinking and driving.
Common Head-On Collision Injuries
The physics of a head-on collision contribute to the severity of injuries associated with these crashes. When two vehicles collide head-on, their combined speed contributes to the force of impact. For example, if two cars traveling 50 mph collide in a head-on collision, the impact is like running into a wall at 100 mph.
A head-on collision often results in sudden death. Those who survive a head-on car wreck are likely to suffer some type of traumatic injury caused by the impact of the crash, such as:
- Head injury, including traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck and back trauma
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Fractures (broken bones), including broken limbs (arms and legs) and broken ribs
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Contusions (bruises)
When a head-on collision results in a death or serious injury, the party responsible for the accident should be held responsible. Injured parties, including the survivors of people killed in head-on collisions, have the right to seek compensation for their losses, including money for medical bills, lost income and their pain, suffering and emotional distress.
The head-on collision lawyers of Millar & Mixon, LLC investigate car crashes on behalf of injured Georgia residents. We can determine whether another driver’s negligence led to their injuries.
We also work with accident reconstruction experts, doctors and other specialists to determine how a head-on collision happened and whether one driver’s negligence or recklessness contributed to the crash and the victim’s injuries.
We gather evidence from all sources, including police reports, the accident scene, medical records, and statements from people who witnessed the accident.
Contact Our Atlanta Head-On Collision Lawyers Today
If you have been injured or a loved one of yours has been killed in a head-on collision with another vehicle, the Atlanta head-on collision lawyers of Millar & Mixon, LLC can offer you sound and proper legal guidance. We can immediately help you or a family member to identify the proper plaintiff or plaintiffs to bring a claim against and (if appropriate) establish an estate for the victim to bring the case.
Contact our head-on collision attorneys today by calling us or completing our online form. We can provide a free initial consultation and examination of your case. If we accept your case, you won’t pay attorney’s fees until you recover compensation for your losses.
From offices in Atlanta and Jonesboro, our head-on collision lawyers represent injured people from all over Georgia, including Decatur, Lawrenceville, Conyers, McDonough, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Newnan, Douglasville, Powder Springs, Smyrna, Marietta, East Point, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Norcross, Doraville, Buckhead, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Snellville, Conyers, Stockbridge, Riverdale, Forest Park, College Park, North Atlanta, Rome, Macon, Augusta, Savannah, Columbus and Valdosta.