New Braunfels Head-On Crash Lawyer
Head-On Truck Wreck Attorney in Seguin, San Marcos, and Throughout South Central Texas
Seventy-five percent of head-on crashes occur on undivided two-lane highways in rural areas, and these types of roads crisscross many areas of South Central Texas, especially around Seguin, New Braunfels, and San Marcos. These collisions are so dangerous because the force is multiplied; for example, when two vehicles that are each traveling 60 mph crash into each other, the people inside those cars are subject to 120 mph of force, which is well beyond the level that most people can bear. In fact, although head-on crashes account for only 2 percent of vehicle collisions, they make up 10 percent of roadway fatalities.
If you were hurt in a head-on crash with a semi-truck, the compassionate team at The Bettersworth Law Firm understand your pain and suffering. We take the time necessary to meet with you, answer your questions, and lay out a plan of action. Then, we successfully communicate that compassion during settlement negotiations and at trial, to help ensure maximum compensation for you loss.
Causes of a Head-On Truck Crash
Whereas many urban wrecks may involve at least some contributory negligence, practically all head-on truck collisions are completely the negligent driver's fault, because these crashes are fairly easy to avoid if the driver is alert and cautious. Although every case is different, there are a few common causes, including:
- Passing Improperly: The Texas Transportation Code clearly sets forth laws regarding legal and illegal passing; an infraction is conclusive evidence of negligence, in many cases.
- Driving the Wrong Way: Impaired drivers and those unfamiliar with the area are among those most likely to drive the wrong way down a highway. Other times, a driver may think that a "quick shortcut" could not possibly hurt anyone.
- Veering Out of Lane: It only takes a momentary distraction, such as a quick glimpse of scenery or a few flips of the radio dial, to drift a few degrees into oncoming traffic.
- Driving While Impaired: Alcohol, drugs, and fatigue, or some combination of the three, impair judgment and motor skills and make driving difficult or impossible.
These negligent drivers often panic at the moment of truth, making a bad situation even worse.
Damages in a Head-On Crash
Due to the serious nature of their injuries, victims of head-on truck collisions are often entitled to significant financial compensation, including:
- Property Damage: Typically, a head-on collision transforms an expensive automobile into a twisted pile of metal.
- Economic Loss: In addition to prior lost wages and medical bills, victims are entitled to compensation for future anticipated losses. Attorneys often partner with financial professionals to accurately estimate these expenses.
- Non-Economic Loss: This category includes intangible damages, like pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of household services, and loss of enjoyment in life.
- Punitive Damages: If the defendant was particularly reckless, this award may be appropriate, in some cases.
The negligent driver's insurance company is nearly always obligated to pay damages, so insolvency is rarely an issue.
The busy two-lane rural roads in South Central Texas can be very dangerous. For a free consultation in this area, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm at 830-606-0404. Attorney James Bettersworth maintains a Superb rating on Avvo, a reputable client and peer evaluation legal database.