Have you been injured in a head-on collision?
The most lethal head-on collision in Nashville history didn’t involve cars, trucks, SUVs or any other automobile. Local history buffs may recall that on July 9, 1918, two passenger trains operated by the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway collided on a single track line in the neighborhood now known as Belle Meade. More than a hundred lives were lost, as “[t]he impact caused passenger cars to derail into surrounding cornfields, and fires broke out throughout the wreckage,” according to the historical marker on White Bridge Pike.
Almost a century later, the Dutchman’s Curve Train Wreck—aka the Great Train Wreck of 1918—is still regarded as the deadliest train accident in U.S. history. Few drivers heed the above-referenced historical marker (found near the intersection of White Bridge and Harding Pike), but intrepid historians sometimes walk into the nearby woods to visit the site of the disaster, marked by a plaque near the still-active track that curves behind Saint Thomas West Hospital.
Today, of course, almost all of the head-on collisions in Nashville occur on Tennessee roads and do involve cars, trucks, buses and SUVs. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a head-on collision, it’s important that you consult an attorney immediately to discuss your options for pursuing compensation for your losses.
What is a head-on collision?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a head-on collision as one “where the front end of one vehicle collides with the front end of another vehicle while the two vehicles are traveling in opposite directions.”
Historical data tells us that head-on collisions occur relatively infrequently (accounting for approximately two percent of all auto accidents). But there were 206,063 traffic crashes in the Volunteer State in last year*, which suggests that there were more than 4,000 head-on collisions in Tennessee last year.
When does a head-on collision occur?
Typically a head-on collision occurs when a driver:
- Makes an unexpected “lane departure”
- Enters a roadway going in the wrong direction
- Attempts to pass a slower vehicle
- Fails to negotiate a curve.
In many cases the accident is caused by a motorist making an “unintentional” maneuver, like falling asleep at the wheel. In other cases, distracted driving, alcohol, or other drugs may be factors. Regardless of the circumstances, head-on collisions are often especially violent, and despite accounting for just two percent of all traffic accidents, data suggests that more than ten percent of all fatal accidents are head-on collisions.
Common injuries in head-on collisions
At Raybin and Weissman, the list of injuries we’ve seen from head-on collisions has included:
- Facial injuries and disfigurement
- Injuries caused by the deployment of airbags
- Upper body injuries to the shoulders, hands and wrists
- Lower body injuries to the legs, knees, and ankles
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain and head injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Our lawyers will aggressively pursue compensation for your losses and injuries
At Raybin & Weissman, our personal injury lawyers can sympathize with those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a head-on collision. With more than a hundred years of combined legal experience, we have represented numerous victims of head-on collisions that occurred in Nashville and the rest of Middle Tennessee.
With personalized guidance, our legal team will help you understand your options to seek compensation for damages like:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
We work to negotiate a settlement that covers both economic and non-economic damages, but should a settlement be against your best interests, our lawyers will take your case to court to pursue the compensation you deserve.
“Fighting for your rights”
Contact David Weissman and the law firm of Raybin & Weissman for a confidential consultation of your case today at 615-256-6666.