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Head-on collisions happen when two motor vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other. Luckily, these car accidents rarely occur, but when they do, they can result in significant damage. This is primarily due to the sheer force of two vehicles colliding at a combined speed. That means when two vehicles crash into each other going 50 miles per hour, the force is equal to one vehicle crashing into a stationary object at 100 miles per hour.
If you have been injured in a head-on collision in Oregon, you need to speak to an experienced auto accident attorney. At Zbinden & Curtis, we have a vast amount of legal knowledge handling head-on collision cases. With decades of experience serving Portland and the surrounding vicinity, we can answer some of the most complex legal questions. Do not hesitate to contact us today.
What causes head-on collisions?
Head-on collisions can happen for a number of reasons. They are usually attributed to:
- Distracted driving – Any time motorists take their eyes off the road, they put themselves and others at risk. Texting, adjusting the radio or operating a GPS are common distractions.
- Driving too fast around a curve – Head-on collisions often happen on windy roads. When drivers travel too fast and are not able to stay in their lane, a head-on crash can occur.
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol – Drunk or drugged driving can inhibit a motorist’s ability to judge the road ahead. Reaction time is often slowed down, making it difficult to avoid a crash.
- Brake failure – When a motorist’s brakes give out, there is very little they can do to avoid an accident. If brake failure is attributed to an automobile defect, the manufacturer can be held accountable.
- Hazardous weather conditions – Snow, sleet and icy roads can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Black ice or extremely icy conditions can make a crash nearly unavoidable. However, drivers are expected to travel at a safe speed and practice caution during hazardous weather conditions.
The injuries sustained in head-on collisions are usually severe. Motorists involved in a crash can suffer broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, torso damage, leg injuries, paralysis – and in extreme cases – death.
If you have been injured in a head-on collision, Zbinden & Curtis, Attorneys at Law, can help you recover. We will aggressively pursue your case and fight for the compensation you deserve. Are you overwhelmed by the other driver’s insurance company? Burdened by costly medical bills and loss of wages? We can handle it so you can focus on recovery.
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Following a head-on collision, you must prove that the other driver was at fault in order to have a strong claim. The proof can often be found in a detailed police report. Police will examine skid marks in the road and report whether the other driver was impaired, drowsy or distracted.
In head-on collisions, both drivers may, to some degree, be at fault. Luckily, Oregon has a modified comparative negligence law. This means that if both drivers are determined to be at fault, they can be compensated for the damages they are not responsible for. However, in Oregon, the threshold is 51 percent – meaning if the at-fault driver is more than 51 percent at fault, he or she can’t be compensated for recovery.
That is why you need Zbinden & Curtis on your side. We will launch a thorough investigation and gather the crucial facts needed to build a strong case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.