Head-on collisions are typically dangerous, often catastrophic types of car accidents. They occur when two vehicles crash head-first into one another, and they often result in serious injuries for both drivers and passengers of both vehicles, and can even result in death. The injuries often sustained by those who are in head-on collisions can necessitate long recoveries and extensive medical treatment.
If you or a loved one were recently in a head-on collision caused by a negligent driver and you suffered injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your expenses and losses that are a result of the accident. Discussing your case with a legal professional may offer some insight into the potential of your case, along with further assistance if you intend on proceeding with filing a claim.
For a free case evaluation and to find out how a Gainesville head-on collisions lawyer may be able to help you, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733.
Causes of Head-On Car Accidents
There can be a variety of causes of head-on collisions. Among some of the common reasons these crashes occur are:
- Distracted driving, which involves the driver paying less than 100% of their attention to driving
- Driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated
- Driving aggressively, which may include acting out in road rage
- Failing to notice road signs, causing confusion, and driving in the wrong direction
- Reduced visibility or poor road conditions
Additionally, head-on collisions can result in even worse outcomes when speeding is indicated in the crash. This is because speeding adds to the force of impact, and can cause more severe injuries, a higher chance of fatalities, and damaged property.
Liability for a Head-On Collision
In most cases of head-on collisions, one driver causes the accident by driving in the wrong direction, causing an impact with the other driver. This means the accident happens at the fault of the driver who was in the wrong lane, and their negligence warrants them liable for the accident and subsequent injuries.
These accidents are less common than most other types of car accidents, but because of the immense force of two vehicles driving into one another, they may result in extremely severe accidents. An additional aspect of these crashes is that due to their unexpectedness, they happen so fast, drivers of both vehicles are unable to act quickly enough, or brake fast enough to slow the force of impact.
Because of the intense force of the crash, head-on collisions are known to be particularly fatal, especially for drivers and front passengers. Per a report from the Insurance Information Institute (III), in 2017, 10.1% of all fatal vehicle accidents were as a result of head-on collisions. If you are unsure about the circumstances of your accident, it may be helpful to hire a Gainesville head-on collisions lawyer to help determine liability.
Injuries You May Have After a Head-On Collision
A head-on collision is a serious type of car accident, and if you have been in an accident of this nature, there is a high possibility that you have sustained injuries. Among the most common types of injuries you may have are:
- Head trauma, concussion, or traumatic brain injury
- Neck, back, spine, or disc injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
- Partial or full paralysis
Damages You May Qualify for After a Head-On Collision Accident
If you suffered injuries in a head-on collision, you are probably facing a serious recovery. Your injuries may require ongoing treatment, long-term care, rehabilitation, and/or surgeries. If so, the expenses related to your medical care are probably mounting. Additionally, you may have been out of work due to the accident and the injuries you have sustained, and you may not be able to return to work for some time. Between your physical recovery and the stress of being out of work, you may be worried about how you will afford your treatment and financial responsibilities.
For this reason, it is important to know that if the accident was not your fault, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. You should not be forced to handle the stress of paying out-of-pocket for injuries that occurred due to another driver’s negligence. Financial awards that may be available to you include compensation for:
- Medical costs and expenses for ongoing medical treatment, prescriptions, and rehabilitation
- Your loss of income, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and loss of work benefits
- Pain and suffering, and emotional anguish
- Property damage
If you are interested in learning more about the types of compensation that may be available to you, and if you would like to learn more about filing a claim against the responsible driver, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to speak to a representative from our team.
How a Lawyer May Be Able to Help with Your Car Accident Case
If you were in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be unsure how to proceed. If so, speaking with an attorney or other legal professional may be ideal to ensure you understand all of the details of your case and what you may expect if you do decide to file a claim. Some of the ways in which a lawyer may be able to help you are:
- Negotiating with the insurance companies to secure a fair settlement
- Saving you time by handling the paperwork and legal details
- Managing all communications related to the case
- Working on a contingency-fee-basis; we only get paid if you receive a settlement
A Gainesville head-on collisions lawyer may help your case in various ways, depending on your individual needs and those of your case. Your attorney can provide legal counsel while serving as a guide through the legal process. Their aim will be to make sure you are able to concentrate on your recovery, while they handle all of the details of your case. Furthermore, your attorney will work to ensure deadlines are carefully monitored. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the date of the accident, per Florida Statute Title VIII Chapter 95.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
If you were recently in a head-on collision, the legal team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to offer assistance as you explore potential options for pursuing compensation. If you have been injured, you may benefit from speaking to an attorney. Contact our offices today at 1-800-747-3733; we offer a free consultation, and you pay nothing out-of-pocket for our services. You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else.
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