Head-on collisions are some of the most violent types of motor vehicle accidents in Connecticut. When one automobile strikes another from the opposite direction, the force of the impact that both drivers experience is typically severe. A head-on accident often occurs when one driver crosses the middle line of the road while attempting to pass a vehicle. In other cases, it can take place when a driver veers into oncoming traffic when trying to negotiate a curve.
Two people were recently hospitalized following a severe head-on crash. The Connecticut accident happened on a Sunday after 3 a.m. It started when a 38-year-old man was driving his car south on a local street in Middletown.
The vehicle suddenly collided with a car operated by a 53-year-old woman. At the time, the woman turned onto the street on which the man was already driving. The woman suffered no injuries, but the other driver and a passenger in his vehicle were injured and transported to the hospital. The passenger suffered serious injuries.
If the gathered evidence suggests that the head-on accident was caused by the woman, she may face civil claims for the injuries suffered by the other driver and the passenger in his vehicle. On the other hand, if the evidence indicates the male driver was in the wrong, his own passenger would still have the right to pursue a personal injury claim against him. In circumstances where the apparent fault is shared by both drivers, each could be sued by the passenger, and an apportionment of liability between the them could be ordered by a civil court. Under those circumstances, the male driver may also be entitled to some financial relief from the other driver if he was less than 51 percent responsible for the crash, though his damages would be reduced by his own degree of fault as determined by the court.
Source: NBC Connecticut, “Two Hospitalized After Middletown Head-On Crash“, May 3, 2015