A 1999 Buick and a 2011 Chevy pickup truck hit head on killing both drivers around 9:45 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2019. The wreck happened on Glasgow Rd around the 7600 block. According to a Warren County Sheriff’s deputy at the scene, the Buick crossed the centerline and struck the Chevy and both drivers died fairly instantly.
A female passenger in the Chevy was seriously injured and was air lifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee. The coroner pronounced both drivers dead at the scene, and the sheriff’s office says that the accident is still under investigation.
Head-on collisions are the deadliest type of crash leading to the highest number of fatalities per accident, according to study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The report states that head-on crashes only make up 2 percent of all crashes in the U.S. but make up over 10 percent of all fatalities.
The Danger of a Head-on Collision
The reason is obvious: the impact of the crash is made of the speed and weight of two vehicles both typically coming at each other at high speeds. Most head-on collision occur on rural type non-divided highways which usually have a speed limit of 50+. Cars going at these speeds often leave the road or rollover after the impact making the risk of serious injury or death even higher.
Common Injuries With Head-On Collisions
The high impact and secondary impacts (rollovers, etc) make severe injuries a high probability—even if everyone is seat-belted in. Because of this, there are common injuries associated with a head-on collision:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Head Injuries/Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
- Air bag injuries
Losses and Damages that Come from Head-On Collisions
High-impact crashes like head-on collision are often violent and to a substantial amount of damage to the vehicles which translates into significant and serious injuries. Some of those injures also lead to damages that are allowed under Kentucky law and can be awarded in a head-on case if presented properly to the court. Some of these are:
- Medical Bills
- Lost wages, past and future
- Permanent injuries/disabilities or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of a quality of life/consortium
- Wrongful Death compensation
- Emotional distress
Should I get an Attorney?
While money alone does not put make the person whole again, dealing with the physical and emotional aspects of a traumatic accident is made more difficult as the financial losses add up creating more anxiety and stress. Many victims of these accidents wonder if they need to get an attorney. In most cases, the answer is yes. You need to understand your rights and what you are entitled to under the law so you can make the best decision.
Call the attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, and they will stand behind you to make sure that you are treated fairly and that you get the highest compensation allowed by the law.