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Head-On Collisions

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Head-on collisions are very rare; however, they are often the most catastrophic auto accidents to occur on New Mexico’s roadways. This is due to the combined force of two vehicles colliding in opposite directions. For example, if two vehicles, each traveling at 50 miles per hour, collide with each other, the impact would be equal to one vehicle colliding with a stationary object at 100 miles per hour.

When dealing with such a catastrophe, you need an experienced auto accident attorney on your side. Albuquerque auto accident attorney Andras Szantho is dedicated to helping motorists injured in a head-on collision seek justice. He has handled hundreds of claims just like yours and can fight for you every step of the way. Contact attorney Szantho today so you can learn more about all your legal options.

What causes head-on collisions?

Head-on collisions happen for many different reasons. In most cases, they are attributed to negligence. They tend to happen on New Mexico roads without median strips or on roads with many curves. The leading factors in head-on collisions include:

  • Distracted driving: The use of handheld devices and infotainment systems while driving is one of the leading causes of head-on collisions. Drivers who take their eyes off the road for even a few seconds run the risk of veering into oncoming traffic.
  • Impaired driving: Drunk driving, drugged driving and drowsy driving is extremely dangerous, especially on roads without a median strip. When an impaired driver veers out of his or her lane and into oncoming traffic, it is very unlikely that any evasive measures will be taken to slow down or avoid the crash. At full speed, these accidents can be devastating.
  • Speeding: Speeding alone doesn’t usually cause head-on collisions. However, when a driver travels faster than is reasonable, especially on windy roads or during inclement weather, a head-on collision can easily occur.
  • Inclement weather: Heavy wind or slippery conditions caused by rain, sleet, ice or snow can make it difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles. This can be a contributing factor in a head-on collision.
  • Lack of care when avoiding a road defect: Drivers who swerve to avoid hitting a pothole, animal crossing the road, object in the road or another vehicle, must do so with care. Quick and careless maneuvers can result in a head-on collision.
  • Vehicle defects: Brake failure, steering wheel complications or loose wheels can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle, resulting in a head-on collision.
  • Wrong-way drivers: Although this is very rare, some drivers may travel the wrong way on one-way streets or roads separated by median strips.

Injuries sustained in a head-on collision

The injuries sustained in head-on collisions can often take months, and even years, to recover from. Some head-on collisions result in fatal injuries, leaving families grieving the loss of a loved one. Common injuries include:

  • Spinal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Cuts, bruises and contusions
  • Organ damage
  • Severed limbs
  • Burns from the airbag
  • Torso damage
  • Paralysis
  • Death

We’ll help you on the road to recovery

Recovering from injuries sustained in a head-on collision can be very costly. You may be unable to work, collect a paycheck and pay for your living expense. The pain and suffering caused by your accident can be burdensome. Don’t count on the negligent driver’s insurance company to pay for the full cost of your recovery. They often only care about keeping their own costs down. They may offer you a low-ball settlement, which will likely only cover a portion of your medical expenses and lost wages – leaving you to pay out of your own pocket.

That’s not right. Don’t let the insurance companies push you around. Let an experienced Albuquerque auto accident attorney handle your claim, so you can focus on recovery. Attorney Andras Szantho can launch a thorough investigation into what caused your head-on collision and who was responsible. He knows how to build a strong claim by using crucial details from the police report and medical evaluation.

Contact Szantho Law Firm today to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation, or simply call 866-853-2462.