What causes head-on collisions?
For a head-on collision to happen, someone had to be driving the wrong way. Usually, this is a result of drunk driving or falling asleep at the wheel. Distracted drivers, especially texting drivers, may also veer into the oncoming lane. Occasionally, head-on crashes are caused by people unfamiliar with the area who end up driving the wrong way on a one-way street or ramp.
What makes head-on collisions dangerous?
Head-on collisions cause devastating injuries because of the sheer force involved. When two cars traveling at 50 MPH collide head-on, that is the same amount of force you would experience crashing into a stopped car at 100 MPH. Statistically, the risk of a fatality starts to increase at 43 miles per hour—remember, on some Indiana highways, people are driving as fast as 70 miles per hour—but even a head-on collision at a lower speed can cause severe injuries and permanent damage.
Who is at fault in a head-on collision?
It seems simple: the driver who was going the wrong way is responsible for the crash. But proving liability can be tricky. Witnesses may disagree on which vehicle was driving the wrong way. Analysis of the crash scene might be inconclusive, especially if the insurance company retains expert witnesses. And because these crashes typically result in serious injuries with large amounts of potential damages, they are often hard-fought.
How can an attorney help with a head-on collision?
An attorney can investigate your crash and get to the bottom of what happened. That may involve interviewing witnesses and cross-referencing testimony to prove the other driver was going the wrong way. It also includes investigating the surrounding circumstances to find any other liable parties. We work hard to prove the full extent of your losses, both short-term and long-term, and build a case for the full compensation you deserve.
Put a fighter on your side after a head-on accident
We know how to fight back against insurance companies - and how to win. We'll listen to your story and understand how the injury you sustained in a head-on collision has affected your life. If you lost a loved one, we'll advocate for your family and fight for justice for your loved one's memory. We will investigate the crash scene, gather evidence, and retain our own experts if necessary to get to the bottom of what happened.
We will also thoroughly investigate liability for the crash and find all sources of compensation. For example, if your head-on collision was caused by a drunk driver, we may have a claim against a bar or restaurant that served alcohol to that driver. If your head-on crash was caused by a fatigued driver who was on the job, we may be able to take legal action against the driver's employer.
In most cases, when the insurance companies see how hard we're willing to fight for our clients, they settle the case for fair value. But when they won't, we're always prepared to go to trial and make your case in front of a judge and jury. We have a proven track record of results in head-on collision cases, including $450,000 for a client who sustained serious leg and ankle injuries.
Schedule your free consultation today
It's so important that you contact an attorney right away after a serious car accident. Get medical help, then contact us. We can meet with you at our Fort Wayne or South Bend office, or we can come to you. Call 1-877-962-4373 to schedule your free consultation.