Sarasota Head-On Collision Attorney
One of the worst types of collisions is a head-on, which often involves the largest amount of force of any multi-vehicle crash. Head-on crashes are often fatal at high speeds, and cause serious injuries at virtually any speed. Even if you were traveling at 25 miles per hour, and the other car was going the same speed, the force equivalent is that of going 50 miles per hour into a concrete overpass pillar. If you were involved in a head-on collision, you need to speak with an experienced Sarasota personal injury attorney about financial compensation. The Sarasota head-on collision attorneys at Hale Law are here to help get you back on solid financial footing so that your physical recovery is not hampered by anxiety driven by an uncertain future.
Common Causes of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions account for 10 percent of multi-vehicle crashes, according to the Insurance Information Institute, and are roughly twice as common in rural areas than urban roadways, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is due to a variety of factors, including drunk driving, speeding, and crossing the center yellow line for various reasons. Common causes of head-on collisions include:
- Distracted driving;
- Speeding and losing control of the vehicle;
- Running red lights and stop signs, resulting in a head on crash with a turning vehicle;
- Drowsy driving or falling asleep at the wheel;
- Drunk or buzzed driving; and
- Not paying attention to signs and going down one-way streets in the wrong direction.
Factors Involved in Head-On Collisions
The severity of injuries that victims suffer in head-on collisions is based on the following elements:
- Speed of each vehicle;
- Height of each vehicle;
- Weight of each vehicle;
- Safety features of the vehicle; and
- Whether or not the head-on crash resulted in a secondary rollover collision.
The taller and heavier the other party’s vehicle, such as a large pickup truck or semi-truck, the more grave the victim’s injuries will be. Common injuries in head-on collisions include severe whiplash, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, lacerations resulting in permanent disfigurement, broken bones in the face and mouth, fractured limbs, and internal organ damage. Damages that injured victims can sue for include, but are not limited to, medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, pain and suffering, property damage, emotional distress, and loss of joy of life.
How an Attorney Can Help
Proving negligence is key in any personal injury claim, and a head-on collision is no different. Not only will an attorney help prove negligence on behalf of the at-fault driver, but an attorney will ensure that you are not held partially at fault as well. Moreover, an attorney is vital when negotiating with insurance companies, compiling the true value of your claim based on damages, reading the fine print in insurance policies, being at your side during mediation, and taking the liable party to court if necessary.
Call a Sarasota Head-On Collision Attorney Today
Whether your injuries were life threatening and caused a permanent disability, or you suffered serious whiplash and a concussion that will hopefully heal in due time, you deserve financial compensation for your damages. To hold the negligent party liable and seek justice for yourself and your family, call the Sarasota head-on collision attorneys at Hale Law today at 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation.