If you or a loved one have been injured in a head-on collision, you might wonder what’s next. You’re probably dealing with painful injuries, costly medical bills, and or even the loss of a loved one. The aftermath can be devastating for a victim and their family—but you have options.
If another person was responsible for your head-on collision, you might have a personal injury claim or lawsuit. An injury claim seeks financial recovery for all of your costs from the crash. A head-on collisions lawyer can help you build a strong claim and fight for what you deserve.
It’s important to know your legal rights after an accident. A car accident lawyer at John Foy & Associates can investigate who is responsible for your injuries and damages. To learn more during a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
What to Know About Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions happen when the fronts of two vehicles collide while going opposite directions. Head-on crashes are some of the most severe because of the point of impact. These accidents also often happen at high speeds.
Causes of Head-On Accidents
The majority of head-on collisions happen under conditions involving:
- Country roads
- Lack of clearly-marked lanes
- Narrow lanes
- Bad lighting
- Poor traffic signage
- Lack of guardrails
While these are common examples, a head-on crash can happen at any location. Besides the location, here are some of the most common causes:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Confusing road signs
- Wrong-way driving
- Mental health emergencies
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Poor visibility
- Unsafe passing
Impaired drivers are often at fault for head-on collisions. A driver might turn the wrong way onto a road, especially if visibility is low. By the time the driver realizes they’re on the wrong side of the road, it could be too late.
Elderly, distracted, or drowsy drivers might also make mistakes that lead to head-on collisions. The driver is usually impaired in some way that causes them to make a very careless error.
Common Injuries from Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions often lead to very serious injuries. Unfortunately, the majority of injuries are life-threatening or deadly. Common examples include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Emotional trauma
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Tragically, some victims don’t survive their injuries. If a loved one died in a head-on crash, you might have a wrongful death claim under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-4-2. Talk to a head-on collisions lawyer to know if you are entitled to bring a case on behalf of your loved one.
If you survived the accident, see a doctor immediately. Don’t wait to get treatment, and go to all of your follow up appointments. You will need proof of treatment for your injuries to include in your claim.
Determining Liability After a Head-On Accident
Every driver has a legal “duty of care” to everyone else on the road. They must drive carefully to avoid harm. If a driver fails in their legal duty, it’s known as negligence.
Negligence is key in a personal injury case. When someone’s negligence leads to an injury, the negligent person is responsible for the costs. As the victim, you or your loved one are entitled to money from the responsible party.
You must figure out who is responsible for your head-on accident. Then, you’ll need to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company. Your claim must prove that:
- The other driver owed you a duty of care.
- The driver failed in their duty (and they were negligent).
- The negligence caused your accident.
- You have damages from the accident.
Someone else is usually at fault when a head-on collision happens. It’s best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. They can help you investigate and build a strong claim.
Compensation for Your Accident Damages
After you show who was at fault, you’ll need to prove your damages. Personal injury damages can include:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Missed work time
- Lost earning capacity
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Pain and suffering
Accident costs are often much higher than a victim realizes. For example, you might need ongoing or future medical treatment.
An experienced lawyer will know how to account for each expense. The goal is to get you full compensation for accident damages you didn’t cause.
To discuss your accident and your legal options, call John Foy & Associates. We’ll get you started with a free consultation, and there is no fee unless we win your case. Call (404) 400-4000 today.
Actions to Take After a Head-On Crash
The moments after a head-on collision are overwhelming. Victims often suffer terrible injuries, and they might even be unconscious.
Everything can feel like too much or leave you in shock. But, if you’re able to take specific actions, they can really help your case. If a loved one was injured or killed, you might be able to help them with these steps, too.
Call the Police
According to OCGA §40-6-273, drivers must report an accident with:
- Physical injuries
- At least $500 in property damage
Call 911 to report the accident to the police. You will need a copy of the report for your records.
if you can, gather information at the accident scene like:
- Pictures of your injuries and vehicle damage
- Photos of the entire accident scene
- Witness contact information
- Contact and insurance information for the other driver(s)
Get Medical Help
Call for an ambulance if there were any severe injuries or possible deaths. Also, go back to the doctor if you experience more pain after the accident. Keep track of all medical records and costs.
Talk to a Head-On Collisions Lawyer
Call an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. They can help you gather evidence and build a personal injury claim. If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, your lawyer can handle them.
Get Help from a Head-On Collisions Lawyer
If you or a loved one were hurt in a head-on collision, contact our compassionate and experienced lawyers at John Foy & Associates. We have been helping injury victims for over 20 years, and we know what it takes to fight.
Call us today for a free consultation. We’ll discuss your accident and your legal options. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.