The Lexington Herald Leader reported on a two-car accident on KY 55 that resulted in the death of a 57-year-old Louisville woman. David E. Moore, Jr. was traveling north on Taylorsville Road when his car crossed the center line and collided with Julie H. Mundt’s vehicle head-on according to law enforcement officials. Mundt died at the accident scene from her injuries. Moore was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Law enforcement officers are still investigating the traffic accident.
Crossing the median can have deadly consequences, as the above accident demonstrates. When one vehicle crosses into the wrong lane, it is likely to hit another vehicle head on. Head-on collisions account for only two percent of car accidents, but head-on collisions result in ten percent of fatalities from traffic accidents. One reason a head-on collision is deadly is it is as if the driver’s vehicle ran into a brick wall because both vehicles are moving forward at the time of the impact. This increases the severity of the collision. Even at low speeds, a head-on collision can be deadly.
People who are involved in head-on collisions often suffer serious injuries to the head, back, neck and extremities because of the force of impact. Accident victims may be paralyzed or suffer permanent disabilities as a result of their injuries.
Why Drivers Cross The Center Line
In many cases, negligence is the cause of drivers crossing the median. Drivers may be busy texting, talking on the phone, or even conversing with passengers and not paying attention. Distracted driving is a common cause of all types of traffic accidents.
In addition to distracted driving, other common reasons why a driver crosses the median into oncoming traffic include:
- Vehicle malfunctions
- Poor road conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Confusion due to missing road signage or confusing signs
What To Do If You’ve Been Involved In A Head-On Collision
If you have been involved in a car accident where one of the vehicles crossed the center line, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In most cases, the driver who crosses the center line is considered to be at fault for the traffic accident. However, you need to hire an experienced Louisville car accident lawyer to fight for your right to be treated fairly by the insurance company for the other driver. In addition to medical expenses, you may be entitled to receive compensation for lost wages, property damage, physical pain, mental anguish, emotional suffering, and other compensable damages.
An accident victim should focus on his or her recovery and well-being. You should not be focused on dealing with insurance adjusters. When you hire our Louisville personal injury attorneys, we take care of dealing with the insurance adjuster and other matters related to the car accident while you focus on your recovery and your family. We work hard to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for injuries you suffered in a head-on collision.
Call Our Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm For A Free Case Evaluation
Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form. Our Louisville accident attorneys take the time to answer your questions about the process of filing a car accident claim so that you are comfortable with the process before you hire our firm.