Head-on collisions are some of the deadliest. Even at low speeds, the impact of head-on collisions is traumatic and severe. Sadly, those that happen at faster speeds are naturally much higher-impact and can have even more tragic outcomes. Whether you have been recently devastated by the loss of a loved one or were hit yourself in a head-on collision, if the accident resulted from another driver’s negligence, you could be entitled to personal damages or a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one.
Negligent drivers are liable for any harm they impose on others. You have the right to compensation and the right to protect yourself from further harm. At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we believe in victims’ rights and want to help you understand and exercise yours.
If you are in Cleveland, Ohio, and are interested in learning about how a Cleveland head-on collisions lawyer might be able to help you and your family, call us for a free consultation. We want to hear about your case. Reach us at (800) 598-7557 to see what we can do for you.
In 2017, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there were 5,594 head-on collisions, over half of which caused the injury. In order to prove a case against a driver that hit you in a head-on collision, you need to be able to show that the accident was caused by negligent actions and/or behaviors on their part.
To make a claim, you need to show that the accident happened because the driver acted negligently. There might be evidence of your accident on video footage or via witness testimony. Even studying the way that the cars hit each other can demonstrate fault. If a driver negligently veered into your lane, they are responsible for the accident.
After proving their negligence, you need to prove that the accident they caused, caused your injuries. Sadly, this might be very easy to do since the injuries in these accidents tend to be very severe and immediate. This is one of the most horrendous demonstrations of driver negligence. Any driver guilty of and at fault for hitting another driver head-on should be held fully liable.
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Types of Personal Injury Damages
Damages are awarded in cases like this to compensate victims for the losses they have incurred and to prevent further pain and suffering. If you were physically injured because of a driver’s negligence, there is no reason you should also suffer financial stress.
Collecting an award for damages in a lawsuit trial or settlement helps you recover for two types of losses: economic and non-economic. Economic damages compensate expenses you have incurred, such as medical bills or lost wages and non-economic damages that compensate for pain, suffering, lifestyle changes, and other non-financial losses.
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Common Injuries in Head-On Collisions
- According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), head-on collisions cause 10% of car accident fatalities.
- Spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries caused by high impact against the windshield and driver’s side window.
- If brain injuries are severe enough, they can cause coma and other loss of function.
- In the least serious of head-on collisions, victims may only suffer less traumatic injuries such as whiplash.
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Causes of Head-On Collisions
- Bad weather conditions, including slipping on ice or snow, foggy weather, and heavy rain that impacts visibility and road traction
- Unsafe speeds and loss of control of the vehicle, especially at turns in narrow
- Vision obstructions caused by road construction or because drivers fail to wear corrective lenses though required
- Driving while distracted
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Passing bicyclists while driving on narrow roads
- Swerving out of the way for an animal in the road
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Filing for Personal Injury in Ohio
When you decide to sue a negligent driver for causing a head-on collision that injured you, there are certain protocols you must follow in order for your suit to be valid. The first of those is that you file within the correct statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the amount of time a person has to file any given lawsuit.
Statutes of limitations vary based on the state. A Cleveland head-on collisions lawyer can help you file a personal injury lawsuit within the deadline. Call the offices of Ben Crump Law, PLLC to learn more about how their attorneys can help you.
It is important to remember that you have rights. It is your right to hold the person responsible for your injury liable. The attorneys at Ben Crump Law, PLLC believe in fighting for justice and victims’ rights.
We know how hard it can be to fight a legal case while you are recovering from an injury or dealing with the loss of a loved one. That is why we are here for you. If you need legal support, so you can focus on your injury and recovery, do not hesitate to call us at (800) 598-7557. We offer free, no-commitment consultations, and we do not charge any up-front fees to begin a case.
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