Although there are multiple variations of car accidents that can be particularly dangerous, perhaps the most dangerous and deadly for those involved is the head-on crash. Because the vehicles are typically moving at high speeds directly toward each other, the sheer force of the accident often results in injury or death of both drivers and significant injuries for passengers. Understanding the common causes and steps forward following these accidents can help you, as a proactive driver, best avoid these tragedies.
According to a recent local news report, a head-on car accident in Oxford County left two people dead and two other individuals injured. The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office reported that a vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head-on with another vehicle. Both drivers were pronounced dead on the scene, and the car that was hit caught on fire as a result of the accident. Although two of the second vehicle’s passengers escaped the burning car, they were both transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. As the accident remains under investigation, local authorities suspect that road conditions and driver impairment may have contributed to the crash.
Although New Hampshire experiences fewer car accidents than many other states in the country because of its smaller population size, the state is, unfortunately, no stranger to similar head-on car accidents. Head-on accidents are most often caused by distracted driving, driving under the influence, or drivers attempting to pass the vehicles ahead of them by moving into the oncoming traffic lane. Poor road conditions involving slippery, icy, or poor visibility for drivers can also exacerbate the possibility of an accident taking place.
Following a head-on accident, the most common injuries to drivers typically involve broken bones, brain and spinal injuries, and paralysis. In the most extreme cases, fatalities are common when head-on accidents take place. After all, statistics estimate that two percent of accidents across the country are head-on accidents, but these collisions constitute upwards of 10 percent of driving fatalities.
When a head-on accident and subsequent injury or death takes place because of the negligence or recklessness of the other party, it is crucial that victims and potential plaintiffs look into hiring an experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyer. Following a serious head-on incident, extensive medical bills and long-term losses of income are possible consequences that follow severe injuries in crashes. These losses deserve to be compensated fully and hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can maximize you and your family’s chances of success in court.
Do You Need a New Hampshire Car Accident Attorney?
If you or someone you know was recently injured or killed in a New Hampshire car accident, contact the lawyers at Peter Thompson & Associates today. Our lawyers have years of experience fighting for the injured and will provide you with the expertise, support, and advocacy you need to move forward with your claim. To schedule a free initial consultation today, contact us at 1-800-804-2004.