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Head On Collisions

Head-on Collision Attorney in Phoenix, AZ


Of all types of car accidents, head-on collisions are the most catastrophic. Although they make up only 2 percent of motor vehicle accidents, they are responsible for 10 percent of all traffic fatalities.  If you or someone you care for have suffered serious injuries as a result of being involved in an auto accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else, contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ head-on collision attorney for a free legal consultation.

The reason head-on collisions are so deadly is a simple matter of physics: when two moving vehicles speed directly toward each other and collide, the force of the impact is doubled. Because the driver and often a passenger are sitting in the front seat near the point of impact, they are more vulnerable to life-threatening or life-changing injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, damage to the vital organs, and spinal cord injuries.


A head-on crash typically happens when a car leaves its proper lane and crosses a double yellow line or a median, or if the driver is going the wrong way on a one-way street. In the majority of these accidents, the driver is impaired in some way—by alcohol, drugs, fatigue, or some kind of distraction. Speeding and taking a curve too fast can also cause the car to enter the opposing lane into oncoming traffic. Occasionally slippery road conditions cause a vehicle to slide into the path of another vehicle.

The majority of head-on collisions that cause death or serious injury can be prevented if people avoid driving when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs; when over-tired or sleep-deprived; or when distracted by texting or talking on a cell phone, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio, or setting the GPS.  While head-on-collisions can take place on any type road, including freeways, highways, country roads, neighborhood streets, and all other types of streets and roads.  However the faster the two vehicles involved in the crash are moving the more dangerous the accident will usually be, therefor highway accidents, and roads where automobiles are moving at faster speeds, result in more serious accidents. It only takes seconds when moving at a high speed for a distracted driver to drift into the wrong lane and hit another car head-on.


If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a head-on accident caused by the other driver, you may be able to receive monetary compensation for your losses. The injuries caused by head-on crashes are often permanent and debilitating, and you may have costly medical bills, which can often be expected to continue well into the future. In many cases, you may need a recovery sufficient to cover the cost of long-term or even life-long care.

With stakes this high, you need to be represented by an experienced Phoenix car accident lawyerwho will help you obtain the best settlement of your claim. If a family member has died in a head-on crash on one of Arizona’s roads or highways, you may have a wrongful death claim against the other driver.


The Arizona-based head-on collision attorneys at Wattel and York are committed to seeking justice for those whose lives have been shattered because of another driver’s negligence, and we fight aggressively on your behalf.

Call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and analysis of your case. If you can’t come to us, don’t worry—we will come to you. You don’t need to put down any money for us to take your case, and you pay nothing at all unless we win.

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