Head-on collisions happen when two drivers crash after traveling in opposite directions. The sheer force of a head-on collision often leads to severe injury, property damage, or even death. Due to the dangers of a head-on collision, drivers should take extra safety precautions to avoid a serious accident.
For example, as a recent news article reported, a woman died in a head-on collision in Ossipee, New Hampshire. A vehicle was traveling northbound on the highway when it crossed the dividing line, colliding head-on with a vehicle traveling southbound. The woman driving the southbound vehicle died at the scene. The northbound driver was transported to the hospital for his injuries.
Can You Sue for Wrongful Death After a Head-On Collision?
New Hampshire allows wrongful death suits by a party with an interest in the deceased’s estate. This group often includes the deceased’s family. Under New Hampshire law, a deceased victim’s loved ones can seek compensation for medical and funeral experiences, the victim’s lost earnings, and pain and suffering. A deceased victim’s spouse can also seek damages arising from the loss of the victim’s companionship. To prevail on a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased, breached that duty through their action or failure to act, that the breach caused the accident, and that the victim suffered harm as a result.
How Can You Avoid a Head-On Collision?
While head-on collisions are not always preventable, there are steps you can take to stay safe on the road. First, avoid “multi-tasking” while driving. Drivers who attempt to multi-task devote less attention to the road in front of them. When drivers cannot focus on the road, they may veer into oncoming traffic and collide head-on with another vehicle. To avoid distracted driving, wait to talk on the phone or eat until you are parked safety at your destination. Additionally, be sure to abide by the posted speed limit. Speeding may cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. You should also refrain from drifting into the opposite lane to pass a vehicle. Driving on the wrong side of the road creates a significant risk of a head-on collision. Finally, make sure you take your car for inspection regularly. If your vehicle is not functioning properly, you may lose control of your car on the road. If you think there is even a slight chance you may have a problem with your vehicle, have it inspected for peace of mind. These steps can help you stay safe while operating your vehicle.
Do You Need a New Hampshire Car Accident Attorney?
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or died in a New Hampshire head-on car accident, contact Peter Thompson & Associates to learn more about your options. Our experienced attorneys provide skilled representation in cases involving car and other traffic accidents, wrongful death claims, slip and falls, medical malpractice, premises liability, and product defect. For a free initial consultation, call us at 800-804-2004.