Head-on collisions in Hollywood, Homestead, and other Florida communities occur when a car or truck veers away from their own lane and heads towards oncoming traffic, crashing with a car headed in the opposite direction. These accidents can also sometimes be wrong-way collisions.
Head-on accidents are among the most dangerous, due in part to the force exerted. Two vehicles headed towards each other at top speed can cause catastrophic damage. Often, these traffic collisions occur because someone is tired, distracted, or driving under the influence and they turn the wrong way or drift into an oncoming lane. Poor street signage can also lead to these collisions. In some cases, these collisions can also result from bad passing techniques. If a driver is trying to pass on a two-lane road and fails to check oncoming traffic, they may crash into a car heading in the opposite direction.
Head-on crashes commonly result in:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries, including whiplash
- Facial injuries
- Crushing injuries
One of the risks with these collisions is that it is quite common for the windshield to be shattered, which can cause glass and debris to fly at the driver and passengers, causing facial injuries. The impact of the crash can cause a multiple-vehicle accident or can push a car into a railing or solid object, causing further severe injuries or even fire and burn injuries. Since the front of the car can crumple, a driver’s legs may become trapped under the debris, causing catastrophic injury.
If you have been injured in a head-on accident, you will likely need emergency medical help. If possible, get someone to take photos of the accident scene for you and help you gather evidence of your injuries and the collision. A Hollywood car accident attorney can help with this and may already have a network of private investigators and expert witnesses to help you.
Since these collisions are so devastating, it is important to get fair compensation. You may need to lose time away from work and may need to spend considerable time in hospital and you will need to recover those costs. In addition, you may need to pay for medical devices such as wheelchairs, car repairs or replacement, taxis while you can’t drive, and maybe even help around the house. It is possible your car insurance will not cover all these costs, leaving you to pay the remainder of the bill. An attorney can help you explore all your options early on so you can protect yourself financially.
If you may have a legal claim, it’s important to work with an attorney early in the case, before evidence is lost and before the statute of limitations runs out. Talking with an attorney immediately after you have been injured allows your lawyer to immediately begin the process of protecting your rights to fair compensation. If you’d like to speak with a Hollywood car accident attorney, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN). Our law firm offers a free, no obligation consultation to all injured persons in South Florida, so you do not have to worry about that upfront cost.