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Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Head-on Collisions

July 17, 2015

Recently, a head-on accident in Troup County tragically resulted in two fatalities, according to Troup County News. An SUV allegedly began traveling the wrong way on Interstate 185 on Thursday, May 21, during the nighttime hours. The SUV reportedly slammed into an oncoming vehicle, resulting in two fatalities. Investigations are on-going and it is not clear what caused the driver of the SUV to travel the wrong way on the interstate.

Head-one accidents are some of the most violent of all car accidents. When two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide head-on, the force exerted upon each vehicle is tremendous. Head-on accidents account for 18 percent of all fatal accidents, according to the Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS), but only two percent of accidents overall.

Causes of Head-on Accidents

Most head-on car accidents will occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide with one another. These serious types of accidents can also occur, however, when a vehicle hits a fixed object, such as a tree or telephone pole, head-on. Negligence is the most common cause of head-on accidents.

Some common circumstances that give rise to head-on collisions include, but are not limited to:

• Speeding
• Driving while intoxicated
• Driving around a corner at high speed
• Tire blowouts
• Fatigued drivers, including falling asleep behind the wheel
• Passing when it is unsafe to do so
• Failure to follow road signs
• Obstacles in the road, including animals, debris, and pedestrians
• Low visibility due to weather conditions

Head-on Accidents Can Result in Serious Injuries

The seriousness of any head-on accident will depend upon a number of factors, including the speed of the vehicles involved, the victim's seated position in the car, and many others. Generally, head-on accidents result in serious injuries for anyone involved. Some of the most serious injuries sustained by accident victims will include, among others:

• Traumatic brain injury
• Head injury
• Broken bones
• Whiplash
• Lacerations
• Neck injury
• Spinal cord damage
• Back injury
• Paralysis
• Burns
• Death

When a truck or large vehicle is involved in a head-on accident, the chances of fatal injuries increase. The force of a massive truck can even crush smaller passenger vehicles, trapping the victims inside.

Those injured in a head-on accident require the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. The victims of such serious crashes should be eligible to receive compensation from the at-fault driver. Compensation could include medical wages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. The quicker you act, the more evidence can be gathered to support your case.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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