Head-On Collision Lawyer

Head-On Collision Lawyer

Head-on collisions account for about 10% of all accidents that occur every year.  Many times, these collisions are caused at least in part by drivers traveling at excessive speeds.  When high rates of speed are involved in a head-on collision, the impact can be severe, almost like crashing into a brick wall.  As a result of the severity of these types of cases, it is important to talk to a head-on collision lawyer soon after your accident.

As a result of speed and the way the body is impacted in a head-on collision, it’s not surprising that these accidents can cause serious and lasting injuries.

Even the newest model cars with safety features often don’t protect occupants well against injuries from head-on collisions.  On many occasions, the safety mechanisms are not able to stop the car in time to avoid the collision when high rates of speed are involved.  And, of course, your car’s safety features can only do so much to protect you from someone else’s reckless driving.

What Happens To Your Body In A Head-On Collision?

When a collision occurs, kinetic energy travels through your car and into the other car or object that is struck.  Likewise, if a negligent driver hits you, the energy from that driver’s car travels out of their car and into yours.

But, a car can’t absorb all of the energy during a crash.  The bodies of the occupants absorb some of this energy as well.  This is what causes injuries.

Even after the first impact in a head-on collision, your body will keep moving forward.  At some point, your body will likely come to rest after it strikes some part of the interior of the car.  Injuries from head-on collisions often occur as a result of airbag deployment or a collapsing cabin.

Impact With Deploying Airbag

While airbags are designed to save lives, the explosion and percussion of the airbag often cause serious injuries.

An impact with an airbag that’s being deployed can cause:

  • Burns, cuts, and broken bones
  • Cervical spine injuries
  • Serious eye injuries
  • Chest injuries, including broken ribs
  • Whiplash

Injuries From A Collapsed Cabin Can Include:

  • Broken Neck
  • Vertebrae Fractures
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • Herniated Discs

Causes of Head-On Collisions

The obvious cause of head-on collisions is driver negligence.

Some causes of these types of vehicle accidents include when an at-fault driver:

  • Goes the wrong way on a one-way road or highway
  • Uses excessive speed on a curve or turn
  • Crosses the center line
  • Passes improperly on a double solid yellow line
  • Engages in distracted driving
  • Drives while drowsy or under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Damages You May Recover In A Head-On Collision

If another driver was negligent in causing your accident, you may be able to receive a monetary award from their insurance company.  In Virginia, you may include all of the following losses in your claim:

  • Medical treatment such as doctors visits, hospital stays, physical therapy, and prescription medications
  • Lost Wages
  • Anticipated future wage losses
  • Anticipated future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering

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What Should You Do If You Were Seriously Injured In A Head-On Collision Accident?

Make sure you or a loved one gets photos of the accident scene and your vehicle following the collision.  To prove your claim, you’ll also need copies of your medical bills and records.  When we handle your accident case, we obtain the accident report, your medical information and interview any witnesses for you.

Your first priority should be your health and recovery. If a family member has been injured, be sure they have your full support and the details of everyday life handled for them. Get the medical treatment you need. Let the doctors treating you know exactly what happened to your body during the accident, including what portions of the body were struck, locations of bruises, areas of soreness, whether you lost consciousness, and problems with vision or memory. You should also be prepared to describe pain, kind of pain you experience, including the location of the pain; whether it’s sharp or dull; whether it involves burning, tingling, or numbness how long it lasts; what kinds of activities seem to aggravate the pain; and, whether medication helps.

Dealing With Insurance Companies

Claims adjusters work for insurance companies and must act in the best interest of the insurance company. It’s that simple. They have lawyers to protect their interests, and you need the same protection.  You need an experienced team of personal injury lawyers to make sure you receive a full settlement for all of your damages — your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What Our Clients Say

5-Star Review from a vehicle accident client

“The truck came across the center line and side-swiped my car. My wife and I were both injured in the accident. The Volvo was totaled. My wife needed surgery on her knee. I was suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of the accident. It affected me far more seriously than I would have expected. I needed legal help and I went to the Ritchie Law Firm. This was a very difficult case because of complicated medical issues and the Ritchie Law Firm was able to handle the problem. They worked very hard for me. I was very satisfied with the outcome. They were a great help to my wife and I. If you’ve been injured, I recommend you call the Ritchie Law Firm.”

Peter Crawford

Scheduling Your Free Case Evaluation with an Personal Injury Lawyer

When you schedule a free case evaluation, we’ll ask you to bring your accident reports, documentation, and medical papers. We’ll go over all of the specifics about the accident and witnesses.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet the legal assistant handling your case, and go over the process, timeline, and contact process for working together.

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