WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE INJURED IN A HEAD-ON COLLISION IN GEORGIA
A head-on collision is one of the most serious and dangerous types of collisions.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a head-on collision in
Georgia, call a head-on collision attorney to find out what your legal
Contact The Wallace Law Firm, LLC today.
GEORGIA LAW ABOUT HEAD-ON COLLISIONS
Pretty much by definition, if two vehicles collide head on, one (or maybe
both) of the cars was not in its proper lane.
O.C.G.A. § 40-6-40 requires that every vehicle stay on the correct
side of the highway:
Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the
right half of the roadway.
Id. The Georgia code section makes some obvious exceptions when one vehicles
is legally passing another, when obstructions block the roadway (although
the driver driving on the wrong side of the road has a duty to yield the
right of way to vehicles traveling on the other side of the roadway before
he enters that roadway to pass the obstacle), when a road is divided into
three lanes, and on one-way roads.
TYPES OF HEAD-ON COLLISIONS ACCIDENTS IN GEORGIA AND IN ATLANTA
Typically head-on collisions happen when one vehicle crosses the center
line and begins driving on the wrong side of the road. Head-on collisions
also may happen when a driver takes the wrong ramp onto a highway. Either
way, the driver who was proceeding down the correct side of the roadway
has very little notice of what is about to happen. With so little time
to react, the driver driving on the right side of the road has almost
no chance of avoiding the collision.
All too often, head-on collisions are caused because the driver driving
on the wrong side of the road is driving under the influence (“DUI”).
A drunk driver may have more difficulty discerning which side of the road
is which, and may well miss the right ramp and try to enter the highway
from the wrong ramp.
A head-on collision also may occur in an intersection when one car is turning
while another is trying to cross the intersection. Generally these auto
wrecks are only partially head-on, rather than full frontal collisions.
Even so, they can be extremely dangerous.
WHY HEAD-ON AUTO COLLISIONS ARE SO DANGEROUS AND CAUSE SUCH SEVERE AUTO
ACCIDENTS, INJURIES AND DAMAGES
Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous accidents of all, and result
in relatively more deaths in car accidents. To think about why, dust off
your old high school science book and think back to what you learned about
velocity. If a vehicle is hit from behind, then the impact is “softened”
by the fact that the forward vehicle was already traveling in the same
direction; the velocity of the front vehicle is subtracted from the velocity
of the second. In a head-on collision, however, the two vehicles are traveling
toward each other, so the full velocity of each is directed toward the
other. In my high school days, we were taught that the velocity of the
two vehicles was added together, and that a 50-mile-per-hour frontal collision
was the equivalent of hitting a rock wall at 100 miles per hour. According
to Wikipedia, that teaching was “disproven” in 2010 with testing
under Newton’s Third Law, and a frontal collision in which both
vehicles are traveling at 50 miles per hour is the
same as hitting a rock wall at 50 miles per hour. Either way, a head-on, frontal
collision is a very dangerous collision.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE INJURED IN A HEAD-ON COLLISION IN GEORGIA OR THE
ATLANTA METRO AREA
Have you or a loved one been injured by a driver driving on the wrong side
of the road in Georgia or the Atlanta metro area? Call
The Wallace Law Firm, LLC to contact a head-on collision attorney to see what your legal rights
are. You may be entitled to recover damages such as your medical bills,
the lost wages you incurred because you could not work, the pain and suffering
you endured, or the extra living and care expenses that you incurred.