Head-on automobile crashes can be catastrophic to all involved, both physically and financially. Even at slow speeds, fatalities can occur when two vehicles crash head-on. What should you consider doing if you or someone you know has been in a head-on collision? A lawyer can help you get compensation for both your property damages and medical expenses, and even additional compensation for emotional pain and suffering. If another driver has been careless or reckless, you should retain the services of a personal injury lawyer that has a deep understanding of traffic laws to get the full extent of compensation you deserve.
What Causes Head-on Traffic Collisions?
There are many potential causes of head-on collisions, but the most common are:
- Fatigue or sleepiness
- Distraction (listening to loud music, using a cellphone while driving, dealing with passengers)
- Age (inexperience or delayed reaction due to advanced age)
- Weather conditions
- Drug or alcohol intoxication
- The physical condition of the road
Common Injuries Due to a Head-on Automobile Collision
Head-on collisions are some of the least common types of automobile accidents, but unfortunately, they also cause some of the most debilitating injuries. Some common injuries that occur during a head-on collision include:
- Cuts, bumps and bruises
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Loss of limbs
- Back or spinal column injury
- Traumatic brain injury
Proving Fault or Lack Thereof in a Head-on Car Accident
Compensation for injuries comes down to working out who was to blame for the accident. How can you prove another person was at fault in a head-on collision, and that you were not to blame? Your lawyer should have experience and in depth knowledge of both traffic law and potential mitigating factors. For example, was the weather outside bad, or were road signs damaged, broken or worn away? Outside factors always play an important role in mitigating the at-fault driver’s liability. A lawyer will work hard for you to prepare your claim and gather as much evidence as possible to show you contributed nothing to cause the accident.
Evidence Used in a Road Traffic Personal Injury Claim
Here are the types of evidence you lawyer will gather for your personal injury claim:
- Police reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Any video or pictures of the crash and its aftermath
- Medical records
- Weather reports
- Vehicle maintenance records (if available)
- Photos of the crash location
Do I Need Legal Representation?
If you had minor injury from your head-on collision such as cuts, scrapes, bumps and bruises you may not need legal representation. However, most head-on crashes result in severe injuries like broken bones, back, neck and head injuries. What happens if those injuries prevent you from working, either for the short term or permanently? Significant injuries that result in a large compensation payment will often require you to go to court rather than take a settlement. These “hard injury” claims need expert legal consul.
Personal injury claims that go to court will often involve complex legal procedures that are best handled by a lawyer who has an expertise in personal injury claims. Our network of experienced accident lawyers can assist you. Call us at: 855-272-6990.