Bill Berenson is an experienced Fort Worth head-on accident lawyer with over 37 years of experience protecting the rights of Texans injured in head-on collisions and other serious auto accidents. For over 20 years, Mr. Berenson has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Bill Berenson will aggressively fight for your rights.Head On Collisions in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area
A head-on collision occurs when two cars collide front-end to front-end. Sometimes these accidents occur when one car is stationary; however, more often both cars are travelling towards each other. For this reason, head-on collisions can be some of the most dangerous car accidents. For example, although head-on collisions only account for 2% of all auto accidents, they result in 10% of all auto-accident fatalities.
Head-On collisions can occur for a variety of reasons, but they all share one thing in common: someone was not following the posted traffic rules or was not paying as close attention to the road as they should have. Some of the more common ways that head-on collisions can occur include when a driver:
- Unknowingly travels down a one-way road;
- Inadvertently drives the wrong way on the highway;
- Veers outside of a lane and into oncoming traffic; and
- Drives too fast in a parking lot.
While not all head-on collisions are a result of careless driving, many are. If a driver is paying attention to the road, it is not difficult to avoid a head-on collision. However, when a drunk, drowsy, or distracted driver is behind the wheel, the chances of getting into a head-on collision greatly increase. If this happens to you, you should retain a head-on accident attorney in Fort Worth to protect your rights.
Head-On collisions are almost always due to the fault of only one driver. The other driver just an innocent victim of the other driver’s negligence. In these cases the innocent driver has the right to recover monetary damages from the negligent driver to compensate for past medical bills, future medical expenses, and the pain and suffering associated with the accident.Recovery for Wrong-Way Traffic Crashes
Texas leads the nation in number of wrong-way crashes. Not surprisingly, the state also leads in drunk driving and distracted driving cases, two of the main causes of head-on collisions.
Founded more than 37 years ago, Berenson Injury Law offers the services of Bill Berenson, an experienced Fort Worth car accident attorney. We exclusively handle auto accident cases, dedicating our extensive resources and our substantial knowledge to helping injured victims recover damages.Why Wrong-Way Crashes are Catastrophic
Wrong-way crashes are almost always fatal. Head-on collisions account for about 2 percent of all roadway accidents, but result in about 10 percent of all traffic deaths in the United States.
When cars collide head-on, the speed of both vehicles increases the force of impact. When an SUV, pickup truck or large commercial vehicle hits a smaller car head-on, the smaller car takes more of the force of impact and the occupants are put at even greater risk.Common Factors in Head-On Collisions
Head-on crashes occur when one driver drifts into the lane of oncoming traffic or enters the street or highway going in the wrong direction. A driver who drifts into oncoming traffic is often intoxicated, distracted or falling asleep. A car accident attorney can help Fort Worth residents try to hold a driver accountable for this careless conduct.
Texas’s many dimly lit two-lane rural roads and our outdated highway safety features also contribute to the high rate of head-on collisions. Without a solid divider, a driver can more easily drift into the opposite travelling lane. An undivided two-lane road also creates blind spots for passing, such as while heading up an incline or around a curve. Small grassy medians offer only minimal protection from a car careening into the adjoining lane. In addition, many Texas highways have ineffective alert systems in place to prevent drunk and confused drivers from entering a highway going the wrong way.Alcohol is a Primary Factor in Wrong-Way Crashes
In a five-year study, the Texas Department of Transportation determined that the driver in more than half of fatal head-on collisions had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher. Nearly three-fourths of all wrong-way crashes happen after the sun goes down, with 80 percent occurring between 10 a.m. and 6 a.m., a time with when more drunk drivers are on the road. The number of head-on collisions almost doubles after 2 a.m. when bars close.
Based in the Fort Worth area, car accident lawyer Bill Berenson is an avid advocate for victims of drunk driving. Attorney Berenson has been invited to speak at MADD events and donates substantial time and funding to support the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization. If an impaired driver caused your crash, our law firm is prepared to fight for your damages recovery.Driving Distractions Causes Head-On Collisions
Distraction is another top causes of head-on collisions. Drivers take their hands off the steering wheel or their eyes off the road to text, dial the phone or do other inappropriate activities while driving. Those few seconds is enough for the distracted driver to drift into the adjoining opposite travelling lane.What to Do if You Have Been Injured in a Head On Collision
If you or a loved one is suffering from injuries due to a head-on collision in the Metroplex area, you should retain the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. Insurance companies will often attempt to get accident victims to accept low-ball offers instead of proceeding to trial and potentially obtaining a much larger award.Recover the Damages You Deserve for Your Auto Accident Injuries
Fort Worth head-on accident attorney Bill Berenson is prepared to fight for you in your head-on collision case. He has over 37 years of experience representing injured Texans, and is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Contact us online, or call us at 817-855-8000 or 1-888-801-8585 toll-free to set up a free initial consultation with a head-on accident lawyer in the Fort Worth area.