Anyone who drives knows the care that must be applied when meeting oncoming traffic, especially at high speeds. Nonetheless, drivers cause head-on collisions every day, putting innocent lives at risk. Due to the sheer physics involved in head-on collisions, the resulting injuries are typically severe and catastrophic, and all too often, head-on collisions result in fatal injuries.
For example, on November 20, 2013 in Harrison County a pick-up truck traveling east on Route 50 crossed the median, hitting a Subaru Forester traveling westbound before rolling over the embankment. Two Air Evac Medical Teams out of Wetzel County were called to the scene on Highway 50. Tragically, sheriff’s officials confirmed that this accident resulted in the death of the two men who were in the Subaru. At the time of this posting, it is not know what was the cause of the truck crossing the median and the current medical condition of driver of the pick-up. In cases where there are no outside witnesses to a collision, particularly in cases where death has resulted, accident reconstruction experts will be called in to provide these grieving families with some answers as to how the accident occurred and who was at fault.
One week later, on Route 57 in Harrison County, a 16 year old female driver with an 18 year old passenger was attempting to pass on a curve in a no-passing zone and lost control of her vehicle and slid into traffic in the eastbound lane. The horrible result was that two teen girls’ lives were cut short, and the two occupants of the eastbound car are receiving treatment for serious injuries; one determined now to be in fair condition, but the other is still in very serious condition.
How do head-on collisions occur?
Head-on collisions can occur when:
- A driver falls asleep at the wheel and swerves into oncoming traffic
- A driver loses control on ice
- A driver swerves to avoid hitting a deer or other animal
- A drunk driver crosses lanes
- A motorist drives the wrong way on a one-way lane or approach
- A driver attempts to pass other vehicles in an illegal or unsafe manner
At Robinette Legal Group, we are dedicated to helping injured people and their families recover compensation for the losses they have suffered. We are prepared to handle the most complex cases involving serious injuries and wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision caused by another driver’s negligence, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
We have the skill and resources to handle cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. If you have been seriously injured, an experienced car accident lawyer will carefully assess the full extent of the damage and how it will affect you today and in the future. We take everything into account, including your need for ongoing medical treatment, physical therapy, adaptive equipment and other needs.
For families that have lost loved ones in fatal car accidents, we apply the same thorough approach. We will help you pursue compensation for lost earnings, loss of companionship, emotional pain and suffering and other damages. We are committed to helping you obtain the resources you need to make it through this difficult time.
Contact us to learn how we can help you recover full and fair money damages for your head-on accident injuries and financial losses. From our offices in Morgantown, we represent clients in car accident and motor vehicle injury cases throughout West Virginia. If you have questions concerning a head on collision, call us today at 304-594-1800 or 304-216-6695 after hours to obtain the answers you need today.
Source: WBOY News, “Update: Route 50 Eastbound Near Dog Run Closed Following Vehicle Crash” November 20,2013.