You may have the right to seek compensation from a head-on collision. Severe injuries or death can occur when two vehicles collide while traveling at high speeds, and you may have to pay substantial healthcare expenses.
If you lost a loved one in a head-on collision, you may have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to speak with a head-on collision accident and injury lawyer in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Determining Liability for a Head-On Collision in West Palm Beach, FL
A single negligent driver can sometimes be the cause of a head-on car accident. Any of the following situations can cause a head-on collision:
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
- Distracted driving, such as calling or texting while driving
- Fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel
- Impaired driving, whether from alcohol or other drugs
- Bad weather conditions
- Collateral accidents when a driver swerves out of their lane to avoid something in front of their vehicle
A driver who crosses a double-yellow lane and collides with another car will often be at fault for the accident. They (or their insurance company) could be responsible for paying the costs of any medical bills, lost wages, or other damages caused by the accident.
It is not always easy to determine who was at fault for a head-on collision. Evidence such as witness statements and photographs of the crash scene may be needed to figure out how the accident really occurred. Our attorneys can help you identify the evidence you will need to seek compensation for your injuries. Call 1-800-747-3733 to set up your free case evaluation with a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney.
How to Proceed with Your Claim for Compensation
Each head-on collision case is unique and will proceed a little differently. You can explain the facts on your case during an initial consultation, and we will ask you questions about the accident, your injuries, and how the accident has impacted your life.
If you have a valid claim for compensation, we will often be negotiating with an insurance company that represents the other party. We can inform the company of your claim for compensation and begin the claims process.
Insurance companies have sophisticated legal teams and their own systems for investigating claims. They may decide to deny your claim, or they may offer a settlement.
We handle personal injury cases from beginning to end. If the insurer will not offer a fair settlement, we are prepared to go to trial and argue your case before a jury.
Factors That Affect a Settlement or Jury Award in West Palm Beach
You are probably wondering how much compensation you could receive in a settlement or jury award. That depends on many factors. Some factors can be calculated fairly easily, while others are hard to predict.
First, you could receive reimbursement for the following out-of-pocket expenses:
- Costs of a hospital stay
- Emergency transportation
- Doctor visits
- Medical testing
- Physical therapy
- Medical equipment
- Property damage
You could also receive compensation to make up for lost wages or earning capacity. You may not know if or when you will be able to return to work, but we can estimate these amounts based on a doctor’s opinion.
Be sure to keep all of your receipts or invoices for medical expenses or any other costs that are connected to your accident in any way. Our attorneys can help you identify potential damages that you may have missed.
Other amounts are more variable. You could receive compensation for non-economic damages, such as the following:
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of convenience
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium if a loved one passed away
Your claim could also be reduced if you were partially at fault for the accident. Florida follows a pure comparative fault rule. This means that you could receive compensation even if you were more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, as long as the other party was partially at fault as well. However, the other party will only have to pay based on their percentage of fault.
Finally, negotiations can affect how much you receive. If the insurance company offers a good settlement, you may decide to accept it rather than risk taking the case to trial.
Time Limits for Head-On Collision Lawsuits in Florida
Like other negligence claims, a head-on collision lawsuit must be filed within four years of the date of the accident under Florida law. The statute of limitations is shortened to two years for a wrongful death claim.
Other factors also make it a good idea to talk to an attorney shortly after your accident. We can find witnesses and gather evidence more easily if we learn about your case soon after it happens.
Call us at 1-800-747-3733 to set up a consultation.
Seeking Compensation for Head-On Collision Injuries in West Palm Beach
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options after a head-on collision. If you have serious injuries and significant damages, you should know what your legal rights are. Call 1-800-747-3733 now to schedule your consultation.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine represent victims of serious injuries throughout Florida. We provide legal services on a contingency-fee basis. If you do not receive just compensation for your injuries, you will not have to pay us any legal fees.