Just How Dangerous Are Head-on Collisions in New Mexico?

by | Jan 8, 2022 | Car Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents

Every car accident brings with it an element of danger and loss. However, there are several different types of car accidents, with some being more dangerous than others. In fact, 38.2% of fatal crashes in New Mexico in 2019 were in collisions with other vehicles. Head-on collisions are a dangerous type of crash that can result in serious injuries for all parties involved.

If you are injured or a loved one is killed in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Dominguez Law will fight for you in seeking compensation for your injuries.

What Causes Head-on Collisions?

Head-on collisions occur when the front ends of two vehicles strike each other from opposite directions. They typically happen because the driver of one of the vehicles has crossed over a center dividing line or gone the wrong way on a street. While head-on collisions are relatively uncommon, the injuries are often severe. If they happen at high speeds, fatalities are not uncommon.

While there are several different scenarios in which a head-on collision occurs, the most common are usually the following:

While you cannot control another driver participating in these activities, you can keep your eyes out for suspicious movement of cars on the other side of the road to help prevent one of these devastating accidents.

Common Injuries and Establishing Liability in Head-on Collisions

Simply put, head-on car accidents are extremely dangerous, not just because of the likelihood of catastrophic injury, but also because they have a higher probability of fatality than other crashes.  Head-on crashes typically result in a variety of life-threatening injuries, including:

  • Internal organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis or spinal cord injuries

In most cases, they are caused by driver negligence. If you can prove that the other driver caused the accident through their failure to use reasonable care while driving, you might be able to prove their liability.

Often in a head-on collision, the force of the impact sends the cars involved in different directions away from the site of the accident. Police reports describing the scene or witness accounts of the scene are integral to determining fault. This is because the positioning of the car can usually show who was at fault, but when this is not possible, damage on the cars may be used to show fault. A police report should go into detail about each cars’ position and damages to each vehicle.

New Mexico is a “pure comparative negligence” state, meaning that your recoverable damages are reduced by your percentage of fault.

Consult an Albuquerque Attorney for Your Motor Vehicle Collision Case

Head-on collisions pose a serious threat to you and your loved ones. The trauma and pain they cause will likely have far-reaching implications for you and your family. It is important to have someone on your side during these trying times. At Dominguez Law, we provide experienced New Mexico injury lawyers who can help residents and others seek the full scope of damages available under their circumstances. We fight for you in and out of court to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us via our online form or call us at (505) 317-9837 to set up a free consultation.