Head-on collisions on the roadway are dangerous, and they can be deadly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 56 percent of traffic fatalities in 2018 were due to frontal impacts.
Injuries from traffic crashes can range from minor to severe. Head-on collision victims can suffer:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Neck and back injuries (spinal cord injuries)
- Broken and/or fractured bones
- Post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological trauma
If you were involved in a head-on collision and suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence, or if you lost a loved one in a head-on collision, a Boston head-on collisions lawyer might be able to help you recover financial awards in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. To explore possible legal recourse, call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, at (800) 598-7557 today for a free case evaluation.
How Head-On Collisions Happen
Head-on collisions typically occur when a driver swerves or otherwise crosses over into oncoming traffic. These traffic crashes can also occur at intersections when a driver tries to turn left, and they or another driver fails to yield. The resulting collision can result in fatalities, especially when high rates of speed are involved.
Drivers who cause head-on collisions may be intoxicated, distracted, falling asleep, confused, have diminished cognitive ability, or have a medical condition that suddenly interferes with their driving ability. Occasionally, environmental factors may play a part, such as dense fog or at night with no streetlights or other city lights.
The recent coronavirus pandemic can also play a part in these deadly crashes. According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), major highways in Massachusetts had 50 percent less traffic volume in April 2020 due to the stay-at-home advisory for the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the reduced traffic volume, the number of people who died in crashes increased from the same period one year earlier.
Although the MassDOT report did not list how many fatalities resulted from head-on collisions, officials believe that higher rates of speed are responsible for the uptick in the number of fatalities. Data from automated speed limit enforcement cameras support the theory that drivers are breaking laws by driving faster on less crowded roadways during the pandemic.
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The Costs of a Head-On Collision
The pain and suffering endured from a head-on collision can be immense. Some of the other costs that you may be enduring or will endure in the future can include:
- Doctor visits
- Hospitalizations and surgery
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Medical bills
- A wrecked car
- Shopping for a new car
- Income loss
- Job loss
- Insurance hassles
- Permanent injuries such as disfigurement, paralysis, or scarring
- Emotional trauma, anxiety, and depression
You also may have additional costs from the loss of a loved one in a head-on collision, including:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of companionship, loss of consortium
- Loss of the deceased’s income
You should not have to pay financially or otherwise for any of these costs due to someone else’s carelessness. A lawyer might be able to help you recover some of these damages. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today to share the details of your traffic accident with a member of our legal team.
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How a Boston Head-On Collisions Lawyer Can Help You
Deciding to hire a lawyer to represent you is an important decision. A lawyer can help you recover what was lost or taken from you. They will fight for justice for what you have had to endure, and they will not stop until they reach an agreeable outcome.
They will listen to you explain your case and ask you the important questions. They will collect evidence by interviewing witnesses, looking at police and medical reports, and surveying the crash scene itself. They will determine liability and set out to prosecute the responsible party. If a fatality occurred, they could file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit as well.
They will look at the damages you have endured and put a dollar amount on compensation. They will attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company, but they will not hesitate to go to court.
A lawyer can counsel you on what to expect during the proceedings and keep you informed throughout the case.
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How You Can Help Your Case
A lawyer may tell you to go to a hospital or doctor to get your injuries looked at right away if you haven’t already done so. The importance of this is not just for your physical well-being but for your legal claim. If it appears that you waited to have your injuries examined, the opposing legal team may state that your injuries are not that serious and use this delay against you. Having detailed records of your medical records and bills will help support your case.
If you must negotiate with an insurance company, a lawyer can advise you on what to say to insurance companies. Insurers look out for their own interests, and some do not want to pay on any claims. Some will try to get you to admit at least partial liability. Your lawyer has handled can negotiate with the insurance adjusters on your behalf to get the best settlement or outcome for you.
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Hiring an Attorney to Represent You
If you are interested in pursuing legal action in your head-on collision case, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 260 § 2A and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 229 § 2, state that you have three years to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Investigations and legal proceedings can be lengthy, so you do not want to delay.
Your attorney will need time to build your case, so an early start can help ensure they receive that. It also increases the chance that your lawyer can file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.
A Boston head-on collisions lawyer stands ready to fight for justice for you today. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, at (800) 598-7557, for a free consultation. Do not worry about legal fees. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we receive no money up front. Our fee comes from any award or settlement we win for you.
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