Head-On Collision Attorney in Biloxi
A head-on collision is a less common type of auto accident that happens when the front ends of two vehicles collide, usually while traveling in opposite directions, and most often because one or both vehicles cross the center median. Another way a head-on crash could happen is if the vehicle gets turned around and finds itself facing oncoming traffic, or when a motorist drives intentionally or inadvertently down a one-way street or in the wrong direction on an interstate.
Though they don’t happen as often as other types of motor vehicle accidents, head-on collisions can result in some of the most severe and catastrophic injuries and fatalities. The force and impact of two cars colliding into each other from different directions, even at a fairly low speed, can cause vehicle occupants to be thrown rapidly in a jerky, back and forth motion, with the potential for moderate to serious injury. Collisions at higher speeds greatly increase the likelihood of major injuries occurring.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a head-on collision, it can be a devastating and life-altering event. Medical bills alone can easily top six or seven figures, and you may find yourself out of work for several weeks or months, or longer. If this has happened to you and someone else was at fault, you deserve to be compensated.
At the Gardner Law Firm, we have over 40 years of experience representing individuals who have been injured in head-on crashes and other types of motor vehicle accidents in Mississippi. We have extensive knowledge of personal injury law, and we work closely with our clients, putting our experience to work to aggressively pursue full and fair compensation on their behalf.
We understand that injuries from a head-on collision can take a major physical, emotional, and financial toll on victims and their families, and our goal is to make the legal process smooth and seamless. We handle all the complicated legal tasks, so you can focus on your recovery. Throughout the process, we provide frequent updates on the progress of your case, so you are always kept informed.
What Causes Head-On Collisions?
Head-on auto wrecks can happen for a variety of reasons, and most of the time, they are preventable. As we touched on earlier, for a head-on crash to occur, at least one of the drivers involved usually commits a breach, such as crossing into oncoming traffic.
Here are some of the most common issues that can cause a head-on collision:
- Driving too fast: Many head-on crashes happen because the driver is speeding excessively or going too fast to safely navigate adverse road conditions. Hills, curves, and winding roads require extra caution, and even more so when there is inclement weather such as rain and ice. Driving too fast for the conditions increases the likelihood of a collision with an oncoming vehicle.
- Driving carelessly your recklessly: Another issue that is closely related to excessive speeding is reckless driving. Examples may include tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, refusing to yield the right of way, making sharp turns, and playing “chicken” with oncoming traffic.
- Failed passing attempts: When someone is driving on a single-lane undivided highway, the only way to pass the car in front of them is to cross over into the oncoming traffic lane. This, of course, puts drivers at risk of a head-on crash. Motorists should always be careful when passing on an undivided road. Only do so in lawful passing zones and when there is no oncoming traffic. In addition, be extra cautious while going up and down hills, driving during inclement weather, and when trying to pass in a large commercial truck.
- Fatigued or drowsy driving: When someone is driving while they are tired and they start to fall asleep at the wheel, they can easily drift into the oncoming lane. Drowsy driving is particularly common with commercial truck drivers, who often spend too many hours consecutively or during the week behind the wheel. This can also be an issue with others who drive for a living.
- Distracted driving: These days, most people are aware of the growing problem with distracted driving. Texting while driving and similar electronic activity takes the total focus of the driver off of the road. When a driver is sending a text, it is possible to drift into the oncoming traffic lane, especially on curvy and winding roads.
- Driving while intoxicated: Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can make drivers tired and sleepy, or it can cause them to drive recklessly and make other poor driving decisions. This behavior heightens the chances of head-on auto wrecks and other tragic vehicle accidents.
Damages for Head-On Crash Injuries
Head-on collisions can leave victims with serious and debilitating injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
- Broken bones/fractures;
- Neck, shoulder and back injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis;
- Amputations/loss of limbs;
- Burn injuries;
- Blunt force trauma;
- Wrongful death.
When someone suffers one of these injuries and another party is at fault, they deserve to be compensated for their losses. This is referred to as “damages”. Compensatory damages may include the following:
- Hospitalization costs;
- Cost for surgeries and other medical treatment;
- Rehabilitation expenses;
- The cost of ongoing medical care;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Psychological distress;
- Loss of enjoyment;
- Loss of consortium;
- Funeral and burial costs.
In rare cases in which the actions of the responsible party were especially egregious, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and serve as a deterrent to help prevent similarly egregious behaviors in the future. Mississippi has a $1 million cap on non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering) for most personal injury cases, and punitive damages are capped based on the defendant’s net worth.
Speak with a Seasoned Biloxi, MS Head-On Collision Attorney
Head-on crashes may not happen as frequently as other types of auto accidents, but statistics like these don’t matter when it happens to you. At the Gardner Law Firm, we have successfully represented countless personal injury clients over the years, and we are ready to go to work for you. If you are in Biloxi, Pascagoula, or anywhere along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, call our office today at 228-436-6555 or message us through our online contact form for a free consultation and case assessment. We will meet with you to review your case and advise you of your legal rights and options.
We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis – you only pay attorney fees if we win your case