HEAD ON COLLISIONS RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURIES AND DEATH
Consider two vehicles each approaching each other at 60 mph. The closing speed between these cars is 120 mph. In most instances the vehicles stay on their side of the road and they pass without incident. However, on occasion something goes wildly wrong and the cars collide head on. Head on collision impacts of this nature nearly stop the cars instantly, however, the bodies of those in the cars, continue forward until they are restrained by a seat belt, an exploding air bag, a steering wheel or they go through a windshield. The human body is not designed for such a sudden stop. However, seat belts, air bags, collision cages and other safety devices have reduced the number of deaths in head on collisions. At times, even with significant safety devices serious injuries and death can occur.
TWO REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA HEAD ON COLLISIONS JUST DAYS APART
On January 14, 2013, a major injury accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Sylvan Boulevard. It was reported by the Redlands Daily Facts that a 30 year old man crossed the center line and hit an oncoming SUV with his Saturn sedan. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries while the driver of the Saturn suffered major injuries.
Three days later, on January 17, 2013, the lives of nine people were changed by a head on collision. Along Orange Street in Redlands, near the Santa Ana River wash, a Chevy van crossed the double yellow center line as the driver was heading south on Orange Street. At the same time, a Toyota Sienna minivan was traveling northbound on Orange Street when it was struck head on by the larger Chevy Safari van.
It was reported by the Daily Bulletin that the Toyota was filled with eight passengers. Three of those passengers were killed in the collision with the remaining passengers and the driver of the Chevy van were all seriously injured and rushed to local hospitals for emergency medical care. The ages of the deceased ranged from two men ages 19 and 33, and a woman age 58 years old.
The report from the accident scene was that six of the mini-van passengers were not wearing their seat belts thereby allowing them to be thrown forward in the impact. The Daily Bulletin reported one resident to say that accidents often occur in that area.
PROTECTION IN A HEAD ON COLLISION STARTS WITH SAFETY AND ENDS WITH INSURANCE
It may not be possible to stop a head on collision because they happen so quickly. There are several factors which will help you survive. First, chose to own or drive cars that have a high safety rating, wear your seat belt and be always vigilant and avoid distractions which would reduce your ability to react to emergency conditions. Beyond that, your next best protection is proper insurance coverage, including uninsured motorist coverage to make sure you have the protection necessary to help you financially recover for the losses suffered in a head on collision.
AFTER A HEAD ON COLLISION, HIRE A LAWYER TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF A PROPER RECOVERY
Our law offices at the Inland Empire Law Group has successfully handled many head on collision cases for Inland Empire families and residents. For those who have been involved in serious injury head on collisions, they need experienced, hardworking and knowledgeable attorneys to help them secure a proper financial recovery from the insurance companies that may do their best to minimize the financial recovery. David Ricks and his firm, the Inland Empire Law Group collectively have decades of experience and have handled thousands of cases all in the Inland Empire. Give our office a call for your free consultation and learn what it is like to have an attorney who remembers he works for you and for your success. (909) 481-0100 or www.davidrickslaw.com