If you were injured in a head-on collision or lost a relative from a head-on collision, call Lugar Injury Law right away. We have over a decade of experience and can handle car accidents cases, including head-on collisions. We understand the common factors that lead to these devastating accidents. We know how to investigate the collision, gather and analyze the evidence, and establish a strong claim for compensation. Whether you need to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, we will fight hard for you.
Common Causes of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions occur when the front of one vehicle directly collides with the front of another vehicle. The two vehicles are moving in opposite directions.
Head-on collisions are relatively rare. But when they occur, they often result in serious injuries and even possibly deaths.
Some of the most common causes of head-on accidents include:
- Driving while impaired
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
- Crossing the median
- Taking wide turns
- Driving while distracted
- Brake failure
- Over-correcting the wheel
- Falling asleep while driving
- Improper passing on a two-lane road
- Passing on a blind curve
- Altered traffic lanes in a work zone
After you or a loved one are in a head-on collision, you may not know what happened or why. You may have no clue why the other person drove into your lane, came across the median, or was driving the wrong way on a street. One of the best way to find out about liability is to hire a head-on collision lawyer to investigate the crash.
What Is a Crossover Accident?
Crossover accidents are a type of head-on collision. They occur when a vehicle crosses over a division in the road and drives into opposing lanes of traffic. The division in the road may be painted lines; a median strip; a ditch; or a taller, more substantial divider.
These types of incidents are also known as head-on cross-median accidents or crossover median accidents.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident in which the at-fault vehicle crossed into your opposing lane of traffic, call a crossover accident attorney as soon as possible. At Lugar Injury Law, we have handled many crossover accidents claim. We are equipped to handle the insurance claim process, establish the other motorist?s liability, and obtain your compensation.
Head-On Car Accident Injuries
Common head-on collision injuries include:
Facial and dental injuries:
Drivers and passengers may collide with whatever is in front of them in the vehicle, whether that is a seatback, dashboard, or object they are holding. Airbags typically help reduce the occurrent or severity of these injuries, but not all passengers in a vehicle have airbags in front of them.
Traumatic brain injuries:
Many drivers and passengers involved in head-on collisions suffer concussions or more serious TBIs.
The force exerted on the moving vehicles can whip the drivers? and passengers? heads back and forth violently. This motion over-extends the vertebrae and soft tissue in the neck and shoulders.
Abrasions and contusions:
Drivers and passengers can suffer cuts, scraps, and bruising where they came into contact with the airbag.
Head-on collision victims can suffer complex broken bones, including fractures to the lower limbs, ribs, arms, and hands.
Drivers and passengers may sustain burns on their face, chest, arms, and hands when an airbag deploys.
Back and shoulder injuries:
Head-on collisions can cause serious back injuries, including fractured vertebrae, herniated discs, and torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Spinal cord injuries:
Head-on collisions can lead to severe spinal cord injuries, including nerve damage, paralysis, loss of bladder and bowel control, and sexual dysfunction.
Internal organ damage:
Drivers and passengers can suffer lacerations and punctures to internal organs.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):
Head-on collision victims who suffer severe injuries or lose a friend or relative may be diagnosed with PTSD or suffer from other psychological trauma.
Head-on collisions often result in severe injuries, permanent scarring, disfigurement, or physical limitations. Whatever the type and extent of your injuries, call a head-on collision attorney for help.
Compensation for Head-On Accident Injuries
After sustaining injuries in a head-on collision caused by another driver, the law may entitle you to compensation for your:
- Past and future medical expenses,
- Lost wages and employment benefits,
- Property damage,
- Physical pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Scarring and disfigurement,
- Reduced earning potential, or
- Reduced quality of life.
If your parent, spouse, or child was killed in a head-on collision, talk with attorney Cerid Lugar right away. The compensation you may pursue will differ from the compensatory damages of a personal injury lawsuit.
Pursuing a Settlement in a Head-On Collision Claim
After you get hurt in a head-on collision caused by another driver, your first thought is to pursue compensation through an insurance settlement claim. Given that all drivers should have auto insurance, this makes sense. However, obtaining an insurance settlement is not a fast or easy process. Instead of handling it on your own, we recommend working with a head-on collision attorney to pursue a settlement.
To win you an insurance settlement, Lugar Injury Law will:
- Thoroughly investigate the crossover or other head-on collision;
- Gather evidence of the other driver?s careless or reckless behavior;
- Gather your medical records and other evidence of your injuries;
- Hire any necessary expert witnesses;
- Provide necessary documentation to the insurer;
- Respond to the insurance adjuster?s questions and requests;
- Contest inaccurate conclusions made by the adjuster; and
- Begin settlement negotiations or appeal a denial of your claim.
When pursuing an insurance settlement for a head-on collision, we may recommend filing a lawsuit. Going to trial may not be necessary in your case, but we may wish to utilize the discovery process. Through discovery, we can gather additional information and documentation that may have been under the other party?s control.
Filing a lawsuit also shows the insurance company we are not afraid to fight for the full value of your claim.
Call Lugar Injury Law Today for Help
A head-on collision can be devastating. If your spouse, parent, or child lost their life because of a negligent driver, give us a call. Let us represent you in a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver or their estate. A settlement or court award cannot bring your loved one back, but it can offer a small amount of justice. It also can provide the compensation you need to move forward in life.
If you suffered serious injuries, we would fight for you to receive compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries.