Portland Head-on Collisions Lawyer
Roughly 1 out of every 10 car accidents in the United States is a head-on collision, according to statistics compiled by the Insurance Information Institute. In terms of raw numbers, this translates to over 3,600 deaths each year and tens of thousands more serious injury cases.
Head-on collisions are almost always the result of at least one driver engaging in reckless or negligent behavior behind the wheel. If you are the innocent victim of such negligence, you can and should take legal action to assert your right to receive compensation from the at-fault driver. The experienced Portland head-on collision lawyers at Rosenbaum Law Group, PC, can represent you in such efforts. We assist accident victims by negotiating with insurance companies on their behalf–and when necessary filing personal injury lawsuits against negligent drivers to ensure our clients are fully compensated for their losses.
Why Do Head-on Accidents Occur?
A head-on collision describes an accident where two vehicles strike one another directly from the front. Normally this means the vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on the same roadway lane. The term “head-on collision” can also be used to describe an accident where a single vehicle strikes a stationary object like a telephone pole or a concrete barrier.
What would lead to two cars essentially driving into one another? Negligence almost always plays a role in these kinds of accidents. Typically, one driver is clearly in the wrong lane when they plow into a vehicle traveling in the correct direction. There are several possible explanations for how this can happen:
- Intoxication. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs often leads to unsafe behavior behind the wheel, including driving in the wrong lane. This can create additional complexity in personal injury cases and increases the need for a skilled lawyer.
- Fatigue. If a driver is tired and driving at night, that increases the risk they may unintentionally drift into the other lane and collide with an oncoming vehicle.
- One-way streets. Sometimes drivers fail to take proper notice of one-way street signs and enter such roads traveling in the wrong direction.
- Improper pass. If a driver is in the rush to execute a pass, they may drift across the double-yellow line and hit a vehicle coming in the opposite direction.
- Loss of control. A driver may lose control of their vehicle unexpectedly, possibly due to a mechanical failure, and they are unable to avoid entering the opposite lane of traffic.
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Head-on collisions often lead to serious injuries. In the most severe cases these injuries prove fatal. But even non-fatal head-on collisions may lead to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord, damage to internal organs, loss of limbs, and fractured bones. Any one of those injuries can require extensive medical bills and rehabilitation.
In Oregon, victims can seek compensation against an at-fault driver for a head-on collision. This includes damages for their medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Our Portland head-on collisions lawyers can review your case and advise you on the potential value of your damages. Contact Rosenbaum Law Group, PC, today to schedule a free initial consultation.