Head on Collisions
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 35 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Texas’s many dimly lit two-lane rural roads and our outdated highway safety features also contribute to the high rate of head-on collisions.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.Recover the Damages You Deserve for Your Auto Accident Injuries
Call Berenson Injury Law at 817-885-8000 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Fort Worth car accident lawyer. Our firm handles your claim on contingency, so you do not pay attorneys’ fees until we recover damages on your claim.