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How to Avoid a Head-On Collision?

To avoid a head-on collision, drive carefully in low-visibility conditions. Pay attention when passing another car, especially on narrow roads, avoid distractions, and never drive tired or under the influence. Follow our tips, as those involved in a head-on collision are more likely to be severely injured than those involved in other types of vehicle crashes.

According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, Miami-Dade is one of the top five counties with the highest rate of car accidents. A six-year study reports that at least one out of every six Florida car accidents occurs in the Miami region.

Head-on crashes are some of the most catastrophic vehicle accidents and often have fatal outcomes. Despite the fact that head-on collisions only account for two percent of the totality of car accidents, they are responsible for ten percent of the fatal injuries.

The most efficient strategies to avoid head-on collisions that you as a driver can follow are some simple rules, such as:

  • Pay extra attention when passing another vehicle. Before oncoming traffic arrives, make sure you can safely complete the pass. If you are not sure, wait. If you see a car coming at you, slow down and be ready to move out of the way or stop.
  • Swerve to the right. Never go to the left. Avoid going off the road if possible, but remember that it is better to go off the road than to hit another vehicle head-on, especially when traveling at highway speeds.
  • If a collision cannot be avoided, try a sideswipe rather than have a direct hit.
  • If you can't avoid a collision, aim for something stationary. When possible, try to hit the object with the side of your vehicle instead of hitting it directly, so the impact will not be as bad.
  • Obey traffic signs and the speed limit
  • Keep your vehicle in great condition
  • Avoid being distracted while driving. Honk your horn or flash your headlights to alert an oncoming driver of your presence, especially if you observe a driver is distracted or tired.
  • Avoid driving under the influence or when you are tired. Drunk driving is the most common cause of this car accident subtype. It is common for head-on collisions to happen at night, especially when one or both drivers are sleep deprived. Studies show that fatigued drivers and drunk drivers may be just as dangerous.

Miami is a dynamic city with an increasing number of motor vehicles, dangerous roads and intersections and a high number of car accidents. Some factors noted in Miami, that are not common in other areas, which a motorist should be aware of include:

  • Large streets that are similar to highways, where people tend to drive very fast
  • Several large streets and highways with no shoulder to seek safety on when faced with an oncoming wrong-way motorist
  • A highway and toll system that can be very confusing for people who are from out of town, sometimes causing them to panic and ending up going the wrong way
  • Very heavy downpours of rain that occur quickly and with no warning where the driver cannot see out of the windshield
  • Tourists driving who are not familiar with the area

These are some of the Miami-Dade intersections where accidents have recently occurred and motorists should pay extra attention to include:

  • County Road 25A in Miami County West
  • 60th Street and 16th Avenue, Hialeah
  • Campbell Drive and Speedway Boulevard
  • Homestead Cypress Gardens Boulevard just west of U.S. Highway 27
  • 6100 block of East SR-41

If you were involved in a car accident you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer for legal counseling and representation. Call us for a free initial consultation, our seasoned Miami personal injury can help.

For What Types of Injuries Can I Seek Compensation after a Head-on Collision?

Head-on accidents often lead to serious injuries. This is especially true when both your car and another vehicle were driving at top speeds in opposing directions.

Here are some examples of serious injuries that can be caused by another's negligence in a head-on collision:

However, these represent just a few of the injury types that can occur. For example, some forms of psychological damage that can occur from head-on collisions include:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

What Types Of Compensation Can I Recover For My Head-on Collision Accident in Miami?

If you are injured (and, usually, people involved in head-on collisions are), then it is important to get in touch with an expert legal team, to make sure that your potential compensation claim will be as high in value as possible. The compensatory damages for which your legal team will fight will cove, among others:

  • Medical Bills. A high-force accident, such as the head-on collision, will include compensation for your medical bills, hospital stays, physical therapy visits, etc.
  • Loss of Earnings & Work Capacity. This covers the wages you lost in your recovery period and the loss from your inability to work at maximum capacity when you have a permanent injury.
  • Psychological Trauma. You may be entitled to compensation if your accident led to significant emotional or psychological trauma.

Sean M. Cleary has a successful track record of handling high-profile cases, is consistent, and has decades of experience. If you have been involved in a head-on collision, then do not hesitate to contact our law office today. Whether you speak English or Spanish, we will be happy to evaluate your case and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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