A vehicle may suddenly cross over into oncoming traffic for a variety of reasons: driver distraction, fatigue, impairment or even mechanical failure. Sometimes, such incidents result from circumstances out of a driver’s control, but often, the human behind the wheel holds the responsibility. In any case, car accidents involving a head-on collision typically do not end well, as was the case in a recent New York crash that left a man with a head injury.
The collision happened late on a Wednesday afternoon on County Highway 21 in Franklin. According to investigators, a southbound vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound vehicle. The vehicle that was hit then rolled over several times. Both drivers were taken to different hospitals for treatment of injuries. Reportedly, the driver of the vehicle that caused the crash, a 50-year-old Walton man, was treated for a possible head injury, and the 62-year-old man driving the other vehicle suffered a head injury.
Deputies have also determined that the driver responsible for the collision had had his driver’s license revoked due to a previous alcohol-related offense. However, they do not believe alcohol was a factor in this incident. The man has since been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and operation of a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device, among other offenses.
The details of this victim’s injuries are not provided, but car accidents like this one can have long-lasting consequences. People with head injuries often suffer chronic effects, sometimes for the rest of their lives, including physical and emotional distress, as well as medical costs and lost future income. In New York, as in all other states, victims have the right to pursue compensation through the civil justice system. Personal injury attorneys are available to review case details and explain options moving forward.