Marietta Georgia Woman Killed in Head-On Collision Type of Car Accident


December 28, 2010

A Marietta woman was killed when she was involved in a head-on collision Monday night after her passenger vehicle crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into an SUV. Head-on collisions like this one are the most deadly of all motor vehicle accidents. The force of the impact created by the speed of both vehicles when moving toward one another is exacerbated when one of the vehicles is heavier like an SUV.

Even though head-on collisions account for only 2% of all motor vehicle accidents, they are responsible for 10% of all fatalities. In addition to the high fatality rate associated with head on collisions, head on collisions frequently result in devastating life-altering injuries including permanent brain damage, paralysis, shattered bones and loss of limbs. These injuries can mean extraordinary medical expenses, years of rehabilitative care and a lifetime of nursing assistance. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been successfully representing Georgia head-on accident victims seeking compensation for their injuries for over 25 years.

Head-on accidents are typically classified as lane-departure collisions because they usually involve a driver who drifts or veers out of one's lane. When the driver swerves out of the lane and crosses the centerline, the driver crashes into a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Another common type of head-on collision involves a driver who enters a freeway at the off-ramp, which means the driver is traveling in the opposite direction from oncoming traffic. A similar type of head-on collision occurs when a driver enters a one-way street from the wrong direction. Head-on accidents can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Driver confusion or error
  • Drivers speeding or driving too fast for road and weather conditions
  • Intoxicated drivers
  • Lack of road signs or signs that are unclear or confusing
  • Bad weather making roads slippery or unsafe
  • Defective tires resulting in blowouts and loss of vehicle control
  • Distracted or inattentive drivers
  • Unsafe lane changes or passing of vehicles
  • Defective vehicles including faulty brakes or steering

The list above provides only a few examples of potential causes of a head-on car accident. However, these examples make clear that a number of responsible parties may contribute to causing a head-on collision including the following:

  • Other drivers who engage in dangerous driving practices or are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Municipalities for poor roadway design or maintenance
  • Manufacturers or Sellers of defective vehicles or defective parts
  • Auto repair shops that do not install or repair equipment on a vehicle properly
  • Employers of negligent drivers who are engaged in work-related tasks

If you are involved in a head-on car crash, it is important that a thorough investigation is conducted so that all responsible parties can be identified. Identifying all potential responsible parties is essential to obtaining the full compensation to which you are entitled for your injuries. Delays in investigating the accident scene, reviewing the police report and interviewing potential witnesses can mean critical evidence is lost. If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries or been killed in a head-on car wreck, you should seek immediate legal advice.

Our Georgia head-on collision accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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