Perhaps one of the most terrifying sights for a driver and passengers is that of headlights coming toward them. In many cases, it is impossible to avoid a head-on crash without risking other serious accidents. Head-on collisions can result in the most devastating consequences. Those involved often suffer catastrophic injuries, such as paralyzing spinal cord injuries or life-altering brain trauma. At least one North Carolina family is reeling from the aftermath of a multi-vehicle accident that culminated in a head-on collision.
The accident occurred on a rural highway when a 26-year-old driver passed a line of cars at approximately 75 mph on the narrow road. After returning to his lane, he had to swerve to miss a pickup truck waiting at an intersection, but he was unable to avoid hitting it. The force of the impact sent his vehicle into oncoming traffic where it crashed head-on into another pickup truck with three occupants. Both vehicles burst into flames.
One passenger in the second pickup truck died instantly from his injuries. The driver suffered severe injuries, and responders airlifted him to a nearby trauma center. The third occupant was an 8-year-old boy who also went to the hospital. Police charged the first driver with numerous offenses, including involuntary manslaughter.
Although the driver of the second pickup is expected to recover from his injuries, it is likely the injuries will radically alter his life. Often it is difficult to calculate the struggle and challenges ahead in the aftermath of catastrophic injuries. With the compassionate guidance of a legal professional, accident victims can pursue financial compensation so they can fight to recover from their injuries.