According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head-on collisions were the second-deadliest type of collision with a moving vehicle in 2016, behind only angle accidents. The NHTSA reports that 3,651 drivers were killed and 80,000 injured in multi-vehicle frontal crashes in 2018. Victims of these accidents can suffer serious and long-term injuries that can leave lead to substantial medical care bills, lost time from work, an inability to work, vehicle damage, and mental and emotional trauma.
If you were involved in a head-on collision, a Dayton head-on collisions lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm may be able to represent you. Insurance policies, state accident statutes, liability, and evidentiary requirements can be complex. If you are injured, it may be difficult to put together and file a claim and follow up with the parties involved in your accident. An attorney from our firm can help with these tasks and more so that you can focus on your recovery.
Call the Fitch Law Firm today at (937) 660-4232 to discuss your case with a member of our team in a free consultation.
Understanding Head-On Collisions
A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions strike each other. This type of accident is especially dangerous since the force and impact that the occupants of the vehicles are subjected to are based on the combined speed of both vehicles.
Even with safety features such as crumple zones, airbags, side beams, and roll cages, vehicles involved in head-on collisions may be totaled, and drivers and passengers can sustain serious and life-altering injuries and even death in such accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that over 50% of car, pickup, and SUV occupants who were killed in road accidents in 2018 were killed in frontal crashes.
Common causes of head-on collisions are as follows:
If a driver turns into a one-way street or takes a wrong turn into oncoming traffic, he or she can strike oncoming vehicles in a head-on collision. Wrong-way driving can also happen in cases involving aggressive driving, driving under the influence, or driving in unfamiliar areas.
There are many ways a driver can swerve over the median or centerline between lanes of traffic traveling in opposite directions. Distracted driving, swerving to avoid a road hazard, sudden braking in front, and unexpected lane changes can cause a vehicle to leap over the median into oncoming traffic. Overcorrections can also cause a median crossover.
Anything that causes a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle can cause a head-on collision. Speeding, road damage, sudden changes in traffic patterns, or distractions can send a car lurching across lanes into oncoming traffic where a head-on collision can occur.
Head-On Collision Evidence Requirements
As the victim of a head-on collision, you are probably wondering what damages you can seek and what kinds of evidence are needed to file and substantiate a claim.
In general, to win compensation for injuries and damages, you must:
- Prove the other driver’s duty of care.
- Establish a breach in the duty of care.
- Link the breach to your damages. Doing this is called establishing causation.
- Prove that your injuries resulted in compensable losses.
To do the above, you can use evidence such as:
- Traffic or dashcam footage
- Police reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Cell phone usage records
- Road maintenance or vehicle maintenance records
- The other driver’s work or driving records to prove overwork or fatigued driving
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
If you believe another driver’s negligence caused your accident, call the Fitch Law Firm at (937) 660-4232 today.
Based on the evidence available for your accident, you may be able to prove that the negligence of one or more parties caused or contributed to your accident. Consider the following:
- A driver drives while fatigued or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medications.
- A delivery company forces drivers to meet tight and unrealistic delivery deadlines.
- A service or maintenance crew fails to perform important repairs on a vehicle that breaks down on the road and causes an accident.
- A state government or local municipality office that is responsible for road repairs, signage, and maintaining safe roads does not perform important road repairs or fails to put up warning signs, and an accident occurs as a result.
If any of the scenarios above leads to a head-on collision, a different party may shoulder some of the blame for the accident.
Compensation in a Head-On Collision Case
Based on the severity of your injuries and the nature of your accident, you may be able to seek compensation for damages, including:
- Vehicle damage
- Lost income
- Lost ability to work
- Medical care and treatment expenses
- Therapy, medicine, and rehabilitation costs
- Permanent injury compensation
- Compensation for burns, lacerations, scarring, or disfigurement
- Non-economic damages
A Dayton head-on collisions lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm can assist you with identifying which of the losses and expenses above—or other damages not listed here—you may be able to file a claim for. We can also assist you in determining the value of your claim.
We Are a Call Away
A Dayton head-on collisions lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm may be able to represent you in settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit. After we build your case, we can present our evidence to the responsible party’s insurance company. If they refuse to make you a fair settlement offer, we can take your case to trial.
In the aftermath of an accident, your health and recovery should be your first priority. Allow us to handle the communications, deadlines, and legal work of your case while you focus on getting better.
The Fitch Law Firm team can be reached at (937) 660-4232. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. Call us today to discuss your case and to learn more about your legal options. We may be able to offer you representation on a contingency fee basis.