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Head-On Collision in North Carolina Results in Fatality

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A Wilmington, NC car accident attorney explains why these crashes happen

A recent head-on collision in Pender County, North Carolina resulted in a fatality and the other driver being arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to a news report on WCET 6 News.

The head-on collision happened on a recent Thursday morning on U.S. Route 17 North between Scotts Hill and the Hampstead area, according to WCET 6 News. The fatal collision occurred when one of the drivers crossed the median on the road and crashed head-on into another vehicle.

Head-on collisions are often deadly

Head-on collisions might be relatively rare compared to most motor vehicle accidents, but they’re among the deadliest types of crashes. Overall, 2 percent of all accidents are head-on collisions, but they account for 10 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III).

In 2019, for example, there were 3,613 fatalities nationwide due to head-on collisions. Similar statistics for head-on collisions in North Carolina were not available. Overall, there were 1,373 motor vehicle accident fatalities in North Carolina in 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Common causes

Head-on collisions often occur because one driver was behaving in a negligent or reckless manner. This is especially true on rural roads or city streets that don’t have dividers or barriers between lanes. Specific causes of head-on collisions include:

  • Distracted drivers (especially texting drivers) not paying attention and crashing head-on into an oncoming vehicle.
  • Speeding drivers who lose control of the vehicle, especially on sharp curves on rural roads.
  • Tired drivers who fall asleep at the wheel, especially at night on rural roads or city streets.
  • Drivers under the influence of alcohol or other drugs who lose control of the vehicle.
  • Drivers going the wrong way on a highway, especially at night.

Head-on collisions happen for many other reasons. And in each case, the accident needs to be thoroughly investigated.

A car accident lawyer can help

Having an attorney on your side after a head-on collision can often make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your legal case. Even if another driver clearly caused the crash involving you or a loved one, you might still encounter resistance when seeking financial compensation for medical care, vehicle repairs, lost future income, and other accident-related expenses. That’s because the insurance company for the at-fault driver knows there’s money at stake—and they’ll do everything they can to reduce or deny your claim.

At the Law Offices of Richard Flexner, our law firm knows how to handle complex legal cases. We know what evidence to look for and how to find it, whether that's carefully reviewing the official police accident report or consulting with accident reconstruction experts. We leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the truth.

Discover what we can do for you and contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Wilmington, NC car accident lawyer.

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