A head-on collision is inherently dangerous and puts lives at risk. Every driver on the road owes a duty of reasonable care to all other drivers. The driver whose negligence caused the collision is the one who is at fault in a head-on car accident. On your own, negligence can be hard to prove. Since it forms the basis of a personal injury insurance claim or civil case, proving it is critical to your compensation request.
A personal injury lawyer in your area can help. They will explain personal injury law and the evidence required to prove the other driver was at fault. They will also collect evidence and organize it before submitting it to the at-fault driver and their insurer. Your lawyer will handle every aspect of your case and fight for the best possible outcome for you.
What Is a Head-on Car Accident?
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data defines a head-on accident as one in which the front ends of both involved vehicles collide. Head-on collisions happen when the vehicles are traveling toward each other in opposite directions.
This type of accident is dangerous and can result in serious injuries or loss of life. If you or a loved one were injured in a head-on collision, a personal injury lawyer who deals with car accidents can help. They can prove the kind of accident you were involved in and document the at-fault driver’s negligence.
How Negligence Is Proven in a Head-On Collision
Wrong-way driving is a common cause of dangerous head-on collisions. This type of accident can have many other causes, too, including:
- Mechanical issues such as brake failure
- The driver’s loss of control of their vehicle
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- In-vehicle or outside driving distractions
- Driver avoiding an animal or object on the road
To define and prove the cause, your lawyer can establish the legal parameters of negligence. These include their duty of care and their breach of duty, the cause of your accident and injuries, and your resulting financial consequences. Your lawyer will explain each element of negligence and the evidence that supports it.
Collecting Evidence That Tells the Story of the Accident
Car accident cases usually settle out of court once the evidence is collected and analyzed. Your lawyer will handle evidence collection for you, so you can concentrate on your physical recovery.
Collected evidence can include:
- Car accident report
- Mechanical reports
- Medical records
- Injury photos
- Accident scene photos
- Witness statements
- Your own written statement
If a family member was fatally injured in a head-on collision, you could be entitled to wrongful death damages. These include funeral and burial expenses, loss of your loved one’s financial contributions, and a variety of additional losses. Your lawyer will explain your recoverable damages and which family members are eligible for compensation.
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Compensation You Can Recover After a Head-on Car Accident
A head-on accident can leave you with serious and costly injuries that require prolonged periods of recovery. This can lead to temporary or permanent loss of the ability to return to work.
In addition to past, present, and future medical bills and losses of income, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover the following:
- In-home medical and domestic support
- Treatment-related travel expenses
- Property damage or total destruction
- Physical disability and disfigurement
- Ongoing physical pain and suffering
- Ongoing mental and emotional anguish
Without legal guidance, it can be easy to overlook or omit accident-related damages you are entitled to recover. A personal injury lawyer can ensure that does not happen and ensure your case is not undervalued or underpaid.
Time Matters in Your Car Accident Case
Because fault and liability in a head-on collision can be difficult to prove, the sooner you get started building your case, the better. It is never too soon to hire a car accident lawyer. The advantage of getting them involved in your case right away include:
- Ensuring compliance with the statute of limitations in your state
- Plenty of time to conduct a comprehensive investigation
- Interviewing witnesses while their memories are vivid
- Canvassing the accident scene for supporting photos and videos
The lawyer who handles your case can also explain complex legal and insurance laws that apply to your case. That includes proving negligence, assigning a financial value to your case, and protecting you from bad faith insurance tactics.
Call For Your No-cost Case Review
Our car accident lawyer will help you prove who is at fault in the head-on car accident you or a loved one were involved in. At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, our team is available 24/7. Our clients are provided with a unique text number so we can answer their questions whenever they need us.
We are also focused on our clients’ physical, emotional, and financial recovery. If you cannot find medical help you’re happy with, we can recommend medical providers that we trust our own families with.
Contact our consultation team for a free review of your car accident case today.