Liability In Head-on Collisions

November 13, 2015 | Thomas L. Stroble
Liability In Head-on Collisions
Head-on auto collisions in Michigan and their liability

Of all of the different types of car crashes that may occur, head-on collisions are considered to be the most deadly. The following are examples of negligence that can make a party liable for your losses in a head-on collision: 

Drunk driving – When someone drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs,1 they often have difficulty accurately controlling the steering of their vehicle. This can lead to weaving, swerving, or even exiting their lane. When a drunk driver crosses the yellow line into oncoming traffic, head-on collisions often result. In addition, another common mistake commonly made by drunk drivers is turning the wrong way on a one-way road. This can cause particularly serious damage if this occurs on a high-speed highway. 

Distracted driving – Another reason a driver may drift across the yellow line is that the driver was looking away from the road. When a driver reads or sends texts messages, emails, or engages in any other type of distracted driving,2 they may very likely leave their own lane and cross into traffic traveling in the opposite direction. This often causes serious head-on collisions. 

Improper passing – This is a serious issue, especially on rural highways that only have two lanes. These highways can have high speed limits and drivers who are familiar with the road often choose to drive faster than the posted limit. If they get impatient with a slower driver, they may wish to pass them and may even try to pass when there is a double yellow line. These roads tend to have many curves and hills, which can easily cause someone to not see an oncoming car when they decide to improperly pass. 

Third party drivers – If another driver suddenly comes into your lane or cuts you off, you may have to swerve to avoid hitting them. In doing so, you may prevent a crash with the negligent driver but the sudden turn may send you across the center lane and result in a head-on accident. 

Tire blowouts – Other drivers are not the only ones who may be liable for a head-on crash. If your tire is defective and suddenly blows out, you may likely lose control of your vehicle. Your car may travel into the opposite lanes, even sometimes crossing over a grassy median first. This can cause serious head-on accidents. 

Discuss a possible case with an experienced Michigan auto accident attorney today

If you have been in a head-on collision, it is likely you are dealing with a serious injury and all of the financial losses that come with recovering from that injury. You may even be facing the rest of your life with a permanent disability or impairment. No matter what type of injuries you sustained in your accident, it is critical to consult with a qualified car accident lawyer to find out whether you are entitled to compensation for your losses by a negligent party. At Michigan Injury Lawyers, we are committed to helping injured victims seek justice and always strive for the best possible results in every case. Please call our office today at 313-438-4357 for a free case evaluation.



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Thomas L. Stroble


Mr. Stroble is a highly accomplished graduate of Michigan State University, with degrees in both science and law. He specializes in commercial lawsuits and personal injury cases. Licensed to practice law in Michigan and even the U.S. Supreme Court, he’s a well-qualified legal expert. Besides his career in law, he loves outdoor activities and volunteers as a part-time police officer in Birmingham.

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