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Head On Collision: Rural Road Nightmare

Posted on: July 13, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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A beautiful day, great music and a winding back road are often the elements of a great hit song, but they can also be the ingredients of a head on collision. Head on automobile crashes are more prevalent in rural areas. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 13% of all rural fatal collisions are head on crashes. Additionally, 75% of head on collisions occur on two-lane, undivided roads, of the type commonly found in rural areas.

Rural areas are often unlighted, with infrequent traffic and unpredictable obstacles such as hidden driveways and sharp curves. Drivers who are unfamiliar with the route may find it challenging, while others accustomed to traveling the route may become too confident. Either driver is at a higher risk for losing control of their vehicle and causing a head on collision.

Common Causes of a Head On Collision

While lighting, road and weather conditions can all be important factors in an accident, the most common factors contributing to a head on collision fall more into the category of driver error. They are:

  • Distracted driving (including texting or talking on a cell phone)
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring road conditions or weather factors
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Improper passing

Common Injuries from a Head On Collision

Injuries from a head on collision can occur to virtually any part of the body. Frontal impacts trigger safety measures such as air bags and seat belts, and even these mechanisms can lead to injury, particularly in high-speed collisions. Common injuries include:

  • Head Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Concussions
  • Chest Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Contusions
  • Organ Damage

In addition to physical injuries, there are other considerations. According to the American Psychological Association, automobile injuries are the leading cause of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the United States. Even after physically recovering from an accident, the mental and emotional trauma remains for years to come.

Determining Fault After a Head On Collision

Placing responsibility after a head on collision accident can be difficult. The accident commonly causes both vehicles to travel in surprise directions after impact. Even skid marks can be misleading, or in the case of wet roads, nonexistent. It can take a trained and experienced accident reconstruction specialist to ascertain the original position of both vehicles, speed, other factors and who was at fault. If you have been a victim of a head on collision, never trust the responding law enforcement officers to have sufficient training or experience to make a definitive judgment regarding fault.

At Edwards and Patterson Law, we employ trained and experienced experts to reconstruct the accident scene and provide concrete evidence of who is at fault. No guessing and no compromise. Our automobile accident attorneys are experienced in dealing with head on collisions in eastern Oklahoma, including Tulsa and McAlester. Contact us today online or by phone at 877-403-8417 to arrange your free and confidential consultation. You pay absolutely no attorney fees unless you are awarded financial compensation.

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