All types of car accidents have the chance of being highly destructive. But for one type of accident, the chance is increased significantly. A head-on collision involves a lot of force and with a basic understanding of physics, it is fairly obvious why these crashes are likely going to have devastating results. Serious injuries are not uncommon -- ranging from brain injuries to broken bones -- and, in the worst case scenarios, these injuries can be fatal.
A recent head-on collision in Tennessee had devastating results. On a Tennessee toll road in the evening, a delivery van was travelling east in a westbound lane. At the same time, a van was travelling westbound. The two vehicles collided and one of the vehicles caught on fire. The driver of the compact car suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision, while the driver of the van suffered injuries in a nearby hospital. The crash is under investigation.
The devastation after a car accident can forever change those involved. Sometimes a victim may suffer life-long injuries, while other times family members have to suffer the loss of a loved one. No matter the severity of the injuries, or whether or not fatalities were involved, victims oftentimes have legal options available to them.
Many of these car accidents involve the negligence of another driver. Negligence is defined as anytime an individual fails to exercise due care. This is any action that lacks ordinary prudence and puts another person in danger. When it can be proven that another driver involved in the accident is guilty of negligence, then victims may be able to be awarded compensation that can be used to cover medical expenses, transportation costs and the myriad of other financial burdens placed on them.
Source: WBIR, "Car crash on Middlebrook Pike claims the life of one person," Jan. 16, 2014