Two cars were involved in a head on auto accident recently just outside of an LA Century City mall. The accident resulted in several people being pinned in one of the vehicles, and aerial photos of the scene show at least 20 firefighters helping with this accident.
The driver of the alleged at-fault vehicle, and his passenger, were taken to hospital with the passenger suffering severe head trauma.
Head-On Collision Accidents
Evidence suggests that most head-on collisions are the result of an “unintentional” driving maneuver. These are usually due to distracted driving, impaired driving, driving carelessly, or the driver falling asleep. The use of cell phones and other electronic devices significantly contributes to distracted driving.
The most common causes of head-on collisions include:
- Veering into an oncoming lane due to distracted driving
- Failed passing attempts
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way road
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Speeding (especially around curves)
- Failing to follow or read road signs (especially in construction areas)
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Most head-on collisions occur on two-lane, undivided rural roads, but they are also common in high traffic areas where following street signs becomes very important.
Head-on Collision Liability
Generally, determining who is liable in a head-on crash is relatively straight-forward, because one person likely did not follow the rules of the road. The person who moved into the lane in which they should not have been traveling will generally be liable for any injuries that result from the accident. But not all cases are clear-cut.
Injuries are usually more severe in head-on collisions because of force of the impact. In some situations, the impact is the same as if the speed were doubled. This can cause a great deal of damage to not only the vehicle, but also those inside. Head-on collisions make up only about two percent of all accidents, but they cause a disproportionately higher number of injuries.
Compensation for injuries in a head-on collision can include:
- Property damage to the vehicle
- Medical expenses for injuries related to the accident
- Missed work or decreased wages caused by the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Lasting physical and mental injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If the collision resulted in death, then family members left behind could also receive damages relating to funeral expenses and loss of companionship.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a head-on collision, speak with one of our experienced attorneys at Arata Swingle & Van Egmond today to discuss your legal options. We welcome your call today at (209) 522-2211.