According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), head-on collisions rank as the second deadliest type of motor vehicle accidents. Indeed, head-on collisions can have catastrophic and life-threatening consequences. A driver or passenger in a vehicle that is struck may experience head trauma, brain damage, back and neck injuries, broken bones, internal bleeding, paralysis, or even death.
If you were involved in a head-on collision, you may have been transported to the hospital in an ambulance or needed surgery. You may have spent days, weeks, or months in the intensive care unit. If you are home, you may still need months of physical or occupational therapy to get back your strength and coordination.
Even after undergoing treatment, you may never be able to make a full recovery. Doctors may have told you that you will have a limited range of motion because of severe fractures or neurological damage. If you suffered a head injury, it may continue to affect your memory, concentration, or cause you to experience chronic headaches.
On top of medical expenses, you may be unable to work because of your injuries and are struggling to cover your mortgage or rent and other essentials. Your worries about the future can cause unbearable stress for you and your family. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, or may even be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A San Jose head-on collisions lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC may be able to help you file a lawsuit against the driver who caused your accident and seek compensation for your past and future losses. Call our team today at (800) 598-7557 for a free consultation.
How Head-On Collisions Can Occur
A head-on collision happens when one vehicle drives toward another in the same lane. It may happen when a driver intentionally or accidentally crosses the line that divides lanes of traffic. There are many ways this can occur, including:
- A driver crosses the center line to pass a slower vehicle and collides with another car that is approaching from the opposite direction.
- A drowsy driver crosses the line after falling asleep behind the wheel
- A driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is unable to focus on the road and enters the wrong lane.
- Someone who is unfamiliar with the area accidentally drives the wrong way down a one-way street.
- A driver loses control of their vehicle while speeding or driving in rainy, snowy, or icy weather.
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Investigating a Head-On Collision
A San Jose head-on collision lawyer can investigate to find out what caused your accident. We typically begin by reviewing the police report to find out if the other driver was speeding, using a cellphone, or driving under the influence. If so, this information may help bolster your case. We also review any statements that you, your passengers, and the other driver made immediately after the accident. If any eyewitnesses saw what happened, we can interview them as well.
We may learn that a camera recorded the collision. Traffic cameras are often set up at busy intersections to catch drivers who run red lights, and many homes and businesses have security cameras. We may also find that someone who was in the area recorded footage of the incident on their cellphone. A video can provide valuable evidence to help us establish what happened and determine who is at fault.
Our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can file a personal injury lawsuit against the party that was liable for the accident and seek financial compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. If we discover that the driver lost control of the vehicle because of a design flaw or manufacturing defect, the manufacturer may be liable as well. If we learn that the driver lost control because a mechanic performed a repair incorrectly, the mechanic may also be held responsible for the collision. Call us today at (800) 598-7557 to learn more.
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How Your Actions May Affect Your Compensation
The attorney representing the other driver may argue that you were also negligent and therefore partly responsible for the collision. For instance, the lawyer may acknowledge that their client crossed into the wrong lane and hit your vehicle, but then argue that you were distracted by your GPS and could have avoided the collision if you were completely focused on the road. Under California’s pure comparative negligence law, you may still be entitled to compensation in this case.
Comparative negligence allows an individual who suffered personal injuries to receive a modified financial award after accounting for their percentage of liability. In other words, the sum of money that you would have been entitled to if you had not shared any responsibility for the collision can be reduced by that percentage. If you are 50 percent liable for the collision, you will only receive 50 percent of the award.
Contact a San Jose Head-On Collisions Lawyer
While filing a personal injury lawsuit can never undo the physical, emotional, and financial harm you suffered in a head-on collision, it can give you and your family some peace of mind. But you must act quickly—according to California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) Section 335.1, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years. It may take months to investigate and build your case, and even longer for the matter to be resolved. Our team of San Jose head-on collisions lawyers are ready to work for you. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 598-7557 to learn how we can help you get the justice you deserve.