California Personal Injury Lawyer
There have been many recent advances in automotive safety technology over the past several years. Many new vehicles come equipped with audible and visible warning systems, built-in cameras, and more that alert drivers to any potential hazards near their vehicle. Unfortunately, despite these advances, car accidents continue to kill and injure vehicles every single day. If you have been injured in a crash, a California personal injury lawyer from The Morales Law Firm can get you the financial compensation you may be entitled to under the law for the losses your injuries have caused.
One of the deadliest types of car accidents is head-on collisions. In fact, according to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), head-on crashes have a 58 percent fatality rate. For those victims who do survive, the injuries they are left with are often catastrophic.
A California personal injury lawyer knows that there are certain factors that increase the risk of a severe head-on crash. One of the most common is a driver who is traveling the wrong way or into oncoming traffic. This most frequently occurs when the driver is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The impaired driver may mistake a one-way street for a two-way street and turn into it, but since the substance they are on has reduced their reaction and reflex times, they may not be able to stop before they slam into oncoming traffic.
Fatigued drivers are also at high risk of head-on crashes. As they struggle to keep their eyes open behind the wheel, they can swerve out of their lane and into the lanes of oncoming traffic.
A driver who is speeding also increases their risk of causing a head-on collision. They may be unable to make it through an intersection before a yellow light turns red and another vehicle that has the right of way may be making a left turn, resulting in a head-on crash.
When investigating a head-on crash, a personal injury lawyer San Francisco, CA offers will examine all possible causes of the accident, including determining if the at-fault driver was distracted when the accident occurred. They will look for evidence to see if the driver was texting, talking, eating, or engage in any other distracted driving behaviors that may have caused them to slam into the victim’s vehicle.
Head-On Crash Injuries
A personal injury lawyer in California knows that because of the force and nature of the impact that occurs in a head-on collision, the injuries are often so severe. Even when wearing seat belts, the force is so strong that occupants can be slammed into the sides of the vehicle. Shattering glass can cause injuries to the eyes and heads of occupants. And even airbags, designed to protect, can cause fractured bones and bruising when deployed at with such force.
Some of the more common injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Fractured bones
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or any other type of accident, contact The Morales Law Firm to meet with a California personal injury lawyer and find out what legal recourse you may have.