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Experienced Attorneys Litigate Head-on Collisions in Louisville, KY

Aggressive representation for catastrophic injuries from high-speed accidents

Head-on collisions are among the deadliest types of motor vehicle crashes, because the force of one vehicle is added directly to force of the other. Head-on collisions are relatively rare, accounting for only about two percent of all crashes, but they account for more than 10 percent of all traffic fatalities. If you’ve been the victim of a head-on collision, your injuries are probably substantial, so you should only trust your case to an accident attorney with experience in catastrophic injury cases. Drawing on more than 25 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys of the Schuler Law Office have the knowledge and experience to pursue full compensation for the most serious injuries.

Major causes of head-on collisions in Kentucky

There are three basic scenarios for head-on collisions:

  • Drifting — A vehicle drifts into oncoming traffic because there is no protective median dividing opposing lanes. Drifting can occur because of driver fatigue, intoxication, distraction, or poor visibility. Kentucky has several stretches of highway where only a double yellow line separates lanes of opposing traffic. Highway 60, the Dixie Highway, is so notorious for head-on collisions that it’s become known as the Dixie Die-Way. Poplar Level Road is another dangerous route with an infamous reputation in Jefferson County, as is Interstate 264.
  • Improper passing — An overly aggressive driver veers into the opposing lane to pass another vehicle. Head-on collisions occur when the passing driver did not have sufficient visibility to see approaching traffic or mistimed the maneuver.
  • Wrong-way entry — The very worst types of head-on collisions occur when a vehicle enters a freeway via an off-ramp and proceeds against traffic. At freeway speeds, the collision is almost always fatal. Often, the driver making the wrong-way entry is discovered to have been heavily intoxicated. Wrong-way entry is also possible on one-way surface streets when lighting and signage are poor.

Liability for these crashes generally lies with the driver who drifted or drove against traffic, but in some cases, evidence shows that a roadway was so poorly designed or maintained that a reasonably careful driver could have made the same mistake. In such cases, the government entity responsible for the roadway might be held liable as well.

Common injuries sustained in head-on collisions in Kentucky

Nonfatal injuries from head-on auto accidents are often severe, requiring extensive treatment and lengthy rehab. Many effects are often permanent. Common injuries include:

  • Airbag injuries, such as abrasions, contusions, facial fractures, and blunt force trauma
  • Concussion and traumatic brain injury
  • Whiplash, torn neck ligaments, and displaced discs
  • Spinal trauma resulting in paralysis
  • Broken ribs
  • Internal organ trauma
  • Badly fractured legs and feet

If you are lucky enough to survive a head-on collision, you may suffer the effects of your injuries for a long time to come. While you attempt to recover and reclaim your life, let the Schuler Law Office fight for the full compensation you deserve.

Contact a trustworthy accident lawyer in Louisville for your catastrophic injury case

The Schuler Law Office provides highly effective representation for head-on collision cases resulting in serious and permanent injuries. Throughout the legal process, we work diligently to obtain the maximum level of compensation possible. To arrange a free consultation at our Louisville office, contact us online or call us at 502-568-9000.

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