Glendale Head-On Collision Attorneys
A head-on collision, also known as a frontal crash, is one of the deadliest types of vehicle accident. These collisions occur when vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide head-on, almost always due to one driver crossing over lanes of traffic. They can also occur at intersections when drivers make dangerous left-hand turns, or drive down one-way streets. There is no excuse for these types of collisions.
If you were injured in a head-on collision in Los Angeles County, reach out to our personal injury team at Aghabegian & Associates, PC. With over $125 million in case results and more than 40 years of combined experience under our belts, we can fight to get you full compensation for your injuries. We bring compassion, dedication, and expertise to every case. Call us today at (818) 507-4311 to get a free case evaluation.
Although head-on collisions are not as common as other types of car accidents, they account for a large percentage of catastrophic or fatal injuries. Frontal impact crashes killed 12,785 people in a recent year, accounting for 57% of all passenger vehicle occupant fatalities, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Those who survive have a high chance of suffering a catastrophic injury, disability, or mental trauma.
Common causes of frontal crashes include:
- Falling asleep at the wheel: Sleep-deprived drivers, including long-haul truckers, can fall asleep while driving, losing control of the vehicle and veering into oncoming traffic.
- Passing on two-lane roads: Head-on collisions are common on two-lane roads when one vehicle passes a slower vehicle traveling in the same direction. In getting around the slower car, the passing vehicle is in the lane of oncoming traffic. If there is not enough time to get around the slower car before another car arrives from the opposite direction, it can lead to a deadly head-on crash.
- Wrong-way driving: Onramp confusion, intoxication, and other factors can lead to drivers traveling the wrong direction on a one-way street, driving head-on into oncoming traffic, or making a dangerous turn at an intersection.
- Drunk or drugged driving: Alcohol impairs a driver’s vision, ability to comprehend traffic signs and signals, reaction time, and judgment. A drunk driver may have difficulty keeping his vehicle in the lane and swerve over the double yellow line, or enter a freeway or one-way street going the wrong way. Excessive alcohol consumption can also cause a driver to pass out behind the wheel.
- Distracted driving: Texting, talking on the phone, checking emails, eating, or drinking, applying makeup, and other types of distractions are a leading cause of traffic crashes, including deadly head-on collisions.
- Multi-vehicle pileups: When traffic is moving at the typical LA speed and an accident occurs, blocking the road ahead, a chain reaction of rear-end collisions can occur. Drivers may swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid rear-ending the vehicle ahead of them, or a car can be pushed into oncoming traffic by the impact of another car, truck, SUV, or van.
No passenger vehicle is safe in a head-on collision. However, SUVs may be safer than cars, as reported in an article in Consumer Reports. Researchers in a University of Buffalo study found that, in a frontal crash involving a car and an SUV, the car driver is 7.6 times more likely to die than the driver of the SUV. SUVs are constructed with heavier materials than cars. They are bigger and weigh more and will usually push cars back during a collision.
If you have sustained injuries in a head-on crash that was someone else’s fault, you have a right to file a claim against the responsible party. You will need to show that the at-fault party was negligent and caused your injuries. This will require thoroughly reviewing the police report, investigating the driver’s actions leading up to the collision, and dealing with their insurance company.
Sadly, insurance companies rarely pay full compensation right out of the gate. They are in the business of devaluing or denying claims to keep their profits high, so many victims get low settlement offers after a collision, even if the other driver was clearly liable. To get the most out of your claim, you need to work with a skilled attorney who will:
- Calculate the full costs of your injuries.
- Collect evidence of negligence.
- Speak to your doctors about how your treatment is going.
- Negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company.
- Advocate for full compensation in a jury trial, if necessary.
Most cases are settled out of court before trial, but we are fully prepared to take your case to court if it means getting you the best possible outcome.
Your best chance of recovering full and fair compensation after a head-on collision is having an experienced lawyer by your side. Our Glendale auto accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, have recovered more than $125 million for our clients. We are trustworthy, compassionate, aggressive, and fair. Call us at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation to learn your options under the law.
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