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Head-On Collisions

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Head-on collisions are rare, but they’re often the most devastating auto accidents to happen on Sioux Falls roadways in South Dakota. This occurs when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other.

When one vehicle crashes at 50 miles-per-hour, the damage can be severe. But imagine two vehicles, each traveling 50 miles-per-hour, colliding head on. That’s similar to a car slamming into a wall going 100 miles-per-hour. The combined force of the two vehicles can be devastating and fatal.

The legal team at Northern Plains Justice understands the pain and suffering a head-on collision can cause drivers and their families. Our attorneys can work to get to the bottom of what happened. We’ll find out who or what caused your head-on collision and fight to hold them accountable. Contact us today and find out how our South Dakota accident attorneys can help you.

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Severity of head-on collisions

Head-on collisions are often caused by:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers who are preoccupied with handheld devices and other distracting behavior can easily veer off the road and into oncoming traffic. A driver only has to take his or her eyes off the road for a few seconds to cause a devastating head-on collision.
  • Speeding around a curve: When the roads become windy, drivers are expected to reduce their speed. Driving too fast around a curve can make it difficult for a driver to stay in his or her lane.
  • Impaired driving: Drunk driving, drugged driving and drowsy driving can cause delays in judgment and reaction time. These accidents can be catastrophic, especially if that at-fault driver was asleep at the wheel.
  • Inclement weather: Rain, snow, strong winds and icy road conditions can contribute to a head-on collision. That’s why it’s best for drivers to reduce their speed when they encounter inclement weather.
  • Poor judgment to road conditions: Not all drivers who cause head-on collisions are distracted, speeding or impaired. Sometimes poor judgment to road defects can result in a serious accident. For example: a head-on collision can be caused by a driver who quickly swerves, with little time to think, out of the way of a sudden obstacle in the road.
  • Vehicle defects: A tire blowout, brake failure, loose wheel or other vehicle defect can cause a driver to lose control. In many cases, the vehicle manufacturer can be held accountable for any damages or injuries accrued from a head-on collision.

Due to the high impact of head-on collisions, injuries sustained are often severe and life-threatening. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Torso damage
  • Leg injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Many of these injuries can take months, and even years, to recover from. Some crash victims may even sustain life-long complications. If you have lost a loved one in a head-on collision, you may be eligible for a wrongful death claim, in which you can receive compensation on the victim’s behalf.

Why you need an attorney

When two vehicles collide head-on, it can often be difficult to determine who was at fault. Police may examine nearby road defects or tire marks. They may also find out if impaired driving, speeding, or distracted driving were factors.

In some cases, both drivers can be at fault in a head-on collision. Under South Dakota law, you can still recover if you are slightly at fault for the collision, but not if you are more than slightly at fault.

Even if you were slightly at fault, you still deserve justice. Don’t waste your time trying to negotiate with insurance companies as your medical bills and loss of wages pile up. Leave that to an experienced auto accident attorney at Northern Plains Justice. We can launch an investigation and use details from the official police accident report to help build a strong claim.

Contact us today for a free consultation, or simply call our Sioux Falls office at 605-306-4100.

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4301 W. 57th Street, Suite 121
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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