In most cases, when a head-on collision occurs, airbags will deploy, and the vehicle’s restraint system will tighten, which can cause significant injuries inside the vehicle. The jarring force of the crash, too, can lead to significant head, neck, and spine injuries that are difficult to recover from fully.
Our Harris County personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout the state of Texas whose lives have been impacted by head-on collisions, so they can get back on track by focusing on their physical and emotional recoveries.
What are the Most Common Causes of Head-On Vehicle Collisions in Texas?
When we represent head-on collision injury victims, one of the first arguments the negligent party’s insurance company will make is that our client should have been able to avoid the accident. The reality is, that most motorists do not have the luxury of time to watch a vehicle heading in their direction long enough to get to safety.
Head-on crashes happen the same way other vehicle collisions do: Without notice.
Some of the most common causes of head-on collisions in Texas include:
- Impaired Driving
When a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are much more likely to make a wrong turn, go the wrong way on a one-way street, use an exit ramp as an on-ramp, or enter another driver’s lane without notice, than someone with all their faculties would.
Unfortunately, sober drivers cannot prepare themselves for — or control the actions of — impaired drivers entering their lanes. Sadly, impaired drivers are also typically breaking other laws, including speeding, which can make the collision that much more catastrophic.
- Distracted Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.”
When drivers are looking down at their cellphones instead of focusing on the road ahead, it is possible to not only swerve into nearby cars but end up on the wrong side of the road in seconds, leaving other motorists in significant danger.
Sadly, it is nearly impossible to pass other motorists without seeing at least one whose eyes and attention are looking directly down at their phone while traveling on our roadways. This is not only scary but also deadly.
Drowsy driving can lead to catastrophic vehicle accidents across the state because motorists are less responsive, which means they can cross over into oncoming traffic without knowing until it is too late. The NHTSA estimated last year alone, 91,000 police-reported crashes involved drowsy drivers. These crashes led to an estimated 50,000 people injured and nearly 800 deaths.
Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys in Houston, Texas for Help With Your Injury Claim
If you or someone you love has been injured in a head-on crash caused by a negligent driver in Texas, contact our dedicated Houston auto accident lawyers at the Hollingsworth Law Firm today by calling 713-637-4560 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
Our skilled bilingual personal injury lawyers and support staff represent clients throughout the state of Texas on a contingency basis, so you never pay any legal fees unless we win your case.
If you are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve, so are we. Let us take the lead.