A serious accident on Highway 12 killed one woman and injured another when one driver veered into oncoming traffic. According to the California Highway Patrol, Jan Pinckney, 69, of Modesto was traveling east on Peatland Road when she veered into the westbound lanes of traffic, hitting a vehicle driving by a Stockton woman, Destiny Schoonover, 23. Pinckney was transported to a Modesto hospital with moderate injuries. Both women were wearing their seat belts.
Police continue to investigate and are unsure if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Head-On Collisions Rarer Than Other Types But Far More Deadly
According to statistics collected on various types of collisions, head-on collisions account for only two percent of all accidents but account for ten percent of all fatalities. The severity of head-on collisions may be determined by several factors, including speed of each vehicle at the time of the crash as well as the relative size of the vehicles. Larger and faster-moving vehicles carry more force, so it does not necessarily follow that the force equalizes in a head-on collision. It is very possible that one vehicle’s force will be greater than another’s and cause more serious injuries for the driver or passengers in the smaller or slower car.
Ultimately, a head-on collision can result in very serious injuries for victims in either vehicle. When victims are involved in a head-on collisions, there are often life-changing injuries or deaths as a result of the crash.
What Should I Do If I Am Involved In A Head-On Crash?
If you are the victim of a head-on crash, it is very important that you seek reliable legal counsel. Many insurance companies will try to muddy the waters of any head-on crash by claiming that the victim should have been able to avoid the accident or that the crash was not their insured’s fault. This can be devastating for someone who needs medical care or is suffering from pain and emotional damage.
A personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover monetary payments when you are injured in a head-on collision. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you hold the responsible driver and his or her insurance company accountable for your medical bills as well as the other expenses associated with recovering from a serious car accident.