Head-On Collisions

Knoxville Car Accident Lawyer

When cars collide head-on, the injuries to everyone involved can be severe to life-ending. Knoxville car accident attorney Mark C. Hartsoe can provide the legal guidance you need to navigate through the complex and emotionally draining process of holding those responsible for your car accident injuries legally accountable. Mr. Hartsoe has decades of experience in personal injury law, and will work to help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today to see how we can help you.

Head-On Collisions in the U.S.

A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles front-end each other while they are driving in opposite directions. Injuries from this type of accident can be particularly devastating because of the speed and force of each vehicle driving in opposite directions. According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were over 100 front-to-front collisions in Tennessee in 2012 that involved at least one fatality. Non-fatal injuries in head-on collisions can be significant for both the driver and front-seat passenger. A frontal impact will often cause serious harm to the head and neck, and lead to severe spinal injuries.

A head-on collision can happen under a variety of circumstances. In many cases, they can occur when a motorist:

  • Tries to pass a slower vehicle in front of it
  • Drifts into oncoming traffic while driving straight ahead
  • Fails to negotiate a curve
  • Drives on the wrong side of the road

Sleep deprivation, inattentiveness, and alcohol or drug use can impair a driver’s ability and contribute to a head-on collision.

Seeking Compensation for Head-On Collisions

Tennessee law requires every motorist to exercise care when they are on the road. This means that a driver must operate their vehicle in a manner that is safe and respect the rules of the road. They cannot cross divided lanes and should be mindful of other vehicles on undivided lanes. A motorist should pay particular attention when they are negotiating curves, since they may very likely hit a car coming from the opposite direction if they do not exercise care when turning. In many cases, however, a driver who is overtired, texting, or under the influence may not realize he or she is on the wrong side of the road, unable to judge a turn, or may simply shift into a lane unintentionally. Unfortunately, a negligent driver can cause injuries that result in significant harm to everyone involved in a head-on car crash.

If you suffered injuries from a head-on collision, you can seek compensation from the negligent driver responsible for the accident. Whether you were a driver in the vehicle that was hit, or a passenger in either vehicle, you can take steps to hold the driver who recklessly caused the accident liable. You can potentially recover for your medical costs, rehabilitative care, lost wages, and property damage.

Head-on collisions can sometimes be fatal. If your loved one died as a result of a head-on crash, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the driver. You can recover for amounts possibly including your relative’s pain and suffering up until his or her death, funeral bills, and loss of consortium.

Fighting for Your Rights

Knoxville personal injury lawyer Mark C. Hartsoe is ready to help you recover for your accident-related injuries. Mr. Hartsoe has years of experience representing car accident victims. He knows what it takes to get the facts and evidence needed to build and support your case. He will work to get you compensation for your injuries while you focus on your recovery. If you were hurt or lost a relative in a head-on collision in Tennessee, speak with us today at 865-804-1011 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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