Head-on Collisions in Kentucky
According to the most recent ascertainable statistics from the Kentucky State Police, head-on collisions only comprised 1.9 percent of the total crashes in the state in 2015. They accounted for 30 percent of the state’s highway deaths though. Head-on collisions happen when the front bumper of one vehicle crashes into the front bumper of another vehicle, tree or other fixed object.
Unfortunately, recent head on collisions may be on the rise from distracted drivers.
Recent head on collisions in our area include:
– Head on collision in Hopkinsville – December 2017. A 19yr old man allegedly reached for a water bottle which had fallen to the ground when he crossed the center line and was involved in an accident with a vehicle traveling the other direction.
– Head on collision in Jefferson County, Indiana – December 2017. A black Ford Mustang allegedly crossed a double yellow line while attempting to pass another vehicle. The Mustang hit an oncoming Cheverolet Impala. Tragically, the occupants in the Mustang, a husband and wife, died in the collision. There were 3 people in the Impala, 2 of which sustained life threatening injuries.
– Hodgenville, Kentucky, November, 2017 – A driver ran from the scene after a head on collision in Hodgenville. Tragically, one of the drivers died in this accident.
– Mortons Gap, Kentucky, September, 2017 – Two drivers were killed in a head on collision in a construction area.
How Do They Happen?
Head-on collisions are probably the most dangerous crash that a person can be involved in. Drivers and front seat passengers are perilously close to the point of impact. When two drivers are both traveling at 45 mph, in opposite directions, the force of impact is doubled. Its the same as if each of them hit a stationary object at 90 mph. Head-on collisions usually happen when one vehicle crosses the center line of a roadway and crashes into another vehicle. They might even happen when a person unintentionally turns into the wrong lane of traffic or enters an expressway from the wrong ramp. Those drivers might be drunk, distracted, confused or asleep.
The Simple Physics
Engineered crumple zones, air bags and restraint systems might operate to protect a person involved in a head-on collision, but the physics of velocity, size and weight can overcome those safety systems. Our clients have suffered a wide variety of injuries and damages in head-on collisions. Severe injuries might include traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, spinal fractures, other multiple fractures, internal organ damage, facial and dental injuries. Of course, fatalities can also result from injuries suffered in a head-on crash.
You’ll Be in Serious Need of Help
If you were seriously injured in a head-on crash that was caused by the carelessness and negligence of another driver, you’re likely to have permanent and debilitating injuries, continuing expensive medical bills and significant lost time from your job. Kentucky law allows victims to be compensated for their damages in cases like this.
If a family member died in a head-on crash, the case takes on another dimension. In either case the insurer of the driver who was at fault knows that the stakes are going to be high. It will do anything that it can legally do to save money on your case. You’re going to need all of the help that you can get from an experienced, aggressive and respected Kentucky personal injury lawyer.
We’re dedicated to seeking justice for those whose lives have been tragically shattered as the result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else. You can call us or email us to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation on your head-on crash. You don’t need to pay us a penny to retain us either. We take these cases on a contingency fee basis, so no legal fees are even due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf. You or a family member can contact us right away after any accident.