Head on Collisions
Head-on collisions can cause serious bodily injury or even death as a result of the impact of two vehicles traveling in different directions crashing into each other. These accidents are often caused by one or both drivers of the vehicles failing to stay in their proper lane of travel. When a vehicle drifts outside of its lane, it can immediately be struck by oncoming traffic, causing this incredibly serious type of car accident. These types of collisions can also occur when a vehicle goes the wrong way on an exit ramp, propelling the vehicle into oncoming traffic, or when a vehicle is traveling the wrong way down a one-way road.
If you have been injured in a head-on car accident, you might be entitled to compensation to recover money for your medical bills for necessary treatment, the pain and suffering you endured, and also money to compensate you for your lost wages due to the medical treatment you needed. Call one of our lawyers today to help you understand your legal options. As a national law firm, we have experienced attorneys in every state who can fight for your rights.
How is Fault Determined in the Case of Head-on Collisions?
Typically, one driver is at fault for causing a head-on car accident, either by sliding outside of their own lane and into the lane of oncoming traffic or going the wrong direction on a ramp, causing a crash once the vehicle drives onto the interstate. You generally will need to prove that the other driver was negligent or reckless in order to get a settlement for your injuries.
Like many accidents, head-on collisions may happen so fast that neither driver knows which one caused the accident. A driver who drifted into the lane of oncoming traffic may not have even realized that he or she had done so since the impact likely happened immediately. There are experts called accident reconstructionists who have expert training in this field and can make a finding of who was at fault for the accident by reviewing evidence at the accident scene and reviewing the statements of the drivers and any witnesses. There may be skid marks on the roadway that can help the expert determine how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of impact and also where exactly the impact occurred.
How Can I Show that the Other Driver Was Negligent?
In order to recover damages as a victim of a head-on collision, you will need to show that the other driver was negligent and as a result, caused the car accident. To prove negligence, you will need to prove that the other driver owed you a duty of care and that the driver violated that duty of care by their actions or omissions. You will also need to show that you suffered injuries as a result of this breach of the duty, and further, that those injuries were caused by the actions constituting the breach of duty on behalf of the other driver. If you can demonstrate the other party was negligent, you may be able to recover compensation in a settlement for your injuries resulting from the accident.