Head-On Collision Lawyers Serving Crash Victims in Washington, DC
Our car accident attorneys can get you compensation for your injuries
Head-on collisions often cause serious injury or have deadly consequences, and our Washington, DC car accident lawyers see it in the news all the time. A teen who was texting and driving crosses the center lane and crashes into oncoming traffic. A married couple driving home from a night out is killed by a drunk driver who enters a highway off-ramp. A man is permanently injured in a lane departure crash after a drowsy driver falls asleep at the wheel. Whether you were injured in a head-on collision caused by another driver or you are the loved one of someone who was seriously injured or killed in a head-on crash, a Washington, DC car crash attorney from the Mike Slocumb Law Firm can help you through this difficult time and deliver the justice you deserve. You may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Washington, DC law firm today for a free consultation.
Washington, DC car crash lawyers explain how head-on collisions happen
Head-on collisions aren't the most common type of car accident, but when they happen the cars involved are usually destroyed, and the people inside are often severely injured or killed. That's because the force of the collision is multiplied ─ how much depends on the speed of each car at the time of the crash. The faster the combined speed of both cars, the more force the head-on collision will have. Tragically, these accidents are avoidable and typically caused by a driver's error or negligence. That's why our Washington, DC car accident lawyers are so devoted to helping head-on crash victims and their families hold reckless drivers accountable. Head-on collisions are commonly caused by:
- Distracted drivers: A person who is texting and driving is more likely to cause a car accident than a drunk driver, and unfortunately, some of the most common crashes caused by texting and driving are head-on collisions. Fidgeting with a GPS device, messing around with the car's radio, looking away from the road to talk to a passenger, and eating and drinking are just a handful of ways a driver can get distracted, look away from the road, and cause a head-on collision with heartbreaking results. Our Washington, DC car crash attorneys have experience handling head-on car crashes caused by distracted drivers, and we will hold them accountable for their negligence.
- Drunk drivers: Drunk drivers or drivers who are impaired by drugs are responsible for thousands of car accidents every year, and a lot of those crashes end up being deadly head-on collisions. Most people understand the dangers of drunk driving, but that doesn't stop some people from throwing caution to the wind, putting their own lives and the lives of others at risk by driving under the influence. A Washington, DC car accident lawyer can make them pay for their reckless decisions.
- Drowsy drivers: People who are tired from working irregular hours, have sleep disorders, are under the influence of alcohol/drugs, or are just feeling overall fatigue have a responsibility to not get behind the wheel of a car or truck. Sadly, our Washington, DC car crash attorneys have seen what happens in head-on collisions caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel, and it's distressing.
- Reckless drivers: Drivers who don't adjust to poor weather conditions or road hazards, drive over the speed limit, disregard traffic signs and signals or don't follow any other rules of the road can cause a head-on crash that results in severe injury or death. While the driver may claim they didn't cause the crash on purpose, the fact is, they made a choice to speed, blow through a stop sign or illegally pass someone in a no-passing zone. A Washington, DC car accident lawyer can make them answer for their irresponsible and unsafe actions.
What you can do to avoid a head-on car crash
Even if you're careful, you could encounter a driver crossing over into your lane or entering the wrong way on a highway. If you see this happening, our Washington, DC car accident attorneys recommend you:
- Slow down. Take your foot off the gas and slowly begin to brake.
- Sound your car's horn and flash your lights to try to get the other driver's attention.
- If possible, turn to the right to avoid the other car. Never swerve into the opposite lane. The other driver may suddenly realize they are approaching you and turn back into their own lane.
- Pull off to any safe spot on the side of the road, such as the shoulder or breakdown lane. If you must completely drive off the road to avoid the crash, you may want to do so. Getting run off the road by another driver usually has a far better outcome than crashing into someone head-on.
Get the car accident lawyers Washington, DC relies on for results
Head-on collisions make up a large percentage of fatal car accidents, and while some people are fortunate enough to walk away from this kind of awful crash, most aren't so lucky. If you've survived a head-on collision, chances are you still suffered a very serious injury that could have lasting, permanent effects. Your car is probably totaled, you are likely going to miss a lot of time from work, and you might be under a lot of emotional distress due to the trauma associated with your crash.
Our car accident lawyers understand, and our attorneys are ready to help. While obtaining a large settlement or winning a verdict won't heal your injuries or take away the traumatic flashbacks of your crash, it will help you start to move on with your life. Having to deal with greedy insurance companies and worrying about how you're going to pay those sky-high medical expenses should be the least of your concerns. If you are a family member of someone who was killed in a head-on collision caused by another driver, we can help you by filing a wrongful death claim. Fight back with the help of a Washington, DC car crash attorney. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.