Head-on collisions have the worst results in Brookhaven. They happen least often but cause the most deaths. If you or a loved one were injured in a head-on accident, talk to a lawyer today.
Head-on collisions often happen when someone drives the wrong way. Many wrong-way drivers are impaired in some way. No matter the reason, someone is responsible.
At John Foy & Associates, we help accident victims and their families recover their costs. Our Brookhaven head-on collisions lawyers bring 20-plus years of experience to each case. Discuss your case with us during a FREE consultation—call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Common Causes of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions can happen because of:
- Drunk drivers
- Drowsy drivers
- Fatigued drivers
- Suicidal drivers
- Distracted drivers
Some head-on accidents happen when a driver is distracted. For example, the driver might swerve into an oncoming lane while texting. These accidents are most common on undivided two-way roads where it’s easier to cross the center.
Drunk or tired drivers can also cause head-on accidents. Both alcohol and lack of sleep cause impairment. The driver might not realize they are in the wrong lane until it’s too late.
Tragically, some drivers choose to take their own lives in a head-on crash. The accident is often deadly for the driver and their victims.
Head-On Accident Injuries Are Very Severe
Head-on collisions cause some of the worst injuries. Many of these crashes are deadly. Common injuries include:
- Facial disfigurement
- Cracked ribs
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Severe neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
A head-on accident is the same as running straight into a concrete wall. Both vehicles share the impact, causing terrible damage and injuries.
If a loved one died in a head-on collision, you might have a wrongful death claim. Talk to a lawyer to know if your family can bring a case.
Of course, we know money cannot make up for a lost life. However, we do find a claim helps the family cover costs and start to heal.
How to Know Who Was at Fault
Georgia is a fault state. So, the careless driver in a Brookhaven accident is at fault. When someone is at fault, they are responsible for the accident costs.
The at-fault driver is usually the one traveling in the wrong direction. However, don’t assume fault on your own. Talk to an experienced lawyer who can look at the situation.
The other driver, their family, or the insurance company might try to blame you. Don’t discuss the accident with anyone except your lawyer. Your lawyer will uncover the facts and help you build a case.
Damages You Can Claim from a Head-On Collision
Personal injury claims request payment for your accident damages. There are two main types of damages (Georgia Code §51-12-2):
- Special damages
- General damages
Let’s look more closely at each type.
1. Special Damages
Special damages are monetary costs. These damages happen because of the other driver’s carelessness.
Special damages include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
You must provide proof of these damages. Thankfully, it’s easy to save evidence like medical bills and receipts. Your lawyer will also help you keep track of these costs.
2. General Damages
General damages are about how the accident has affected you. Examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
The law assumes that these damages happen because of the accident. You do not have to prove these losses like special damages. But your lawyer will put a dollar amount on them.
3. Punitive Damages
If the other driver was reckless, you might have punitive damages. The law uses these damages to:
- Punish the other person, and
- Discourage future bad acts.
Punitive damages are not always available. But they could be an option in a head-on collision.
Talk to a lawyer very soon to know your damages. Car accident lawyers know how to look for losses that aren’t so obvious. Your lawyer should also know how to negotiate with the insurance company.
At John Foy & Associates, our process is risk-free to you:
- We do not take any money upfront.
- Our lawyer fees only apply if you win a settlement, and after your case is done.
- We’ll give you a free legal call to talk about the details.
Call us today. Our experienced lawyers are ready to help. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
What to Do After a Head-On Collision
Head-on crashes often cause severe injuries or death. After the accident, access your injuries. Call for any emergency treatment you or a passenger needs. If your loved one was in the accident, call for help.
After getting medical attention, do the following if you can. If a loved one is too injured, you might do these actions for them.
Call the Police
Call 911 to report the crash to the police. Make sure officers create an accident report. You will need a copy of this later.
Drivers are rarely able to chat after a head-on crash. As we said, the injuries are usually severe. But if you can, exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver.
Look for Witnesses
Did anyone see your accident happen? Witnesses can help your case a lot.
Talk to any witnesses, then ask for their contact information. Your lawyer will contact them later for statements.
Snap photos of:
- Your injuries
- Your vehicle damage
- The entire scene
Save any information that shows what happened. Picture evidence can be very helpful to your case.
Call a Head-On Collisions Lawyer
Call an attorney and tell them what happened. They can help get information from the scene if you weren’t able to. Your lawyer will also immediately start protecting your rights.
Go to All of Your Doctor Appointments
Don’t miss your medical care follow-ups. Make sure there are records of your treatment after the accident. Save all bills, and call your doctor if any pain gets worse.
Our Brookhaven Head-On Collisions Lawyers Can Help
Head-on collisions are severe accidents. If you or a loved one were injured, don’t wait to get the help you deserve. At John Foy & Associates, we’re available 24/7 to assist you.
We have been helping accident victims for over 20 years. Plus, we only work for victims—never the other side. We’ll do what it takes to fight for your rights.
Learn more during a FREE consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started. We are ready to help you and your family.