A head-on collision occurs when the front of one vehicle collides with the front of another vehicle. These accidents are among the most dangerous as they typically happen at high speeds with an extreme amount of force. In a head-on collision, passengers and drivers in both vehicles are at risk of serious injury from flying glass and crumpled metal as the front end of the vehicle collapses into the vehicle’s passenger compartment.
While head-on crashes account for just 2% of collisions, they are responsible for 13% of all fatal rural accidents and 7% of fatal urban accidents. Most head-on accidents happen on rural two-lane roads and highways with no center median that keeps vehicles from passing into the opposite lane or drifting.
The most common causes of head-on crashes include:
Establishing who was at fault in a head-on collision isn’t always easy. The extreme force of the collision often sends both cars in different directions, sometimes far from the accident site. Positioning of the cars, skid marks, and damage to both vehicles as well as police reports and witness accounts are essential in determining who was at fault and which vehicle left their lane.
It’s important to consult with an experienced head-on collision attorney in Florida to help you investigate your case and establish fault. Your attorney will collect and review evidence such as crash, police, and eyewitness reports to determine if you have a claim. Because Florida is a comparative negligence state, proving fault is especially important as your damages will be reduced proportionately if you are found even partially at fault.
Because head-on car accidents are so often fatal, they can lead to wrongful death claims. If a head-on accident caused fatal injuries to a loved one, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim against an at-fault driver. While the compensation you may receive cannot compensate you for your loss, it can help you cover your loved one’s final expenses and lost income while giving you time to grieve without financial hardship.
Have you been seriously injured in a head-on crash or lost someone you love to a negligent driver? GMV Law Group, LLP represents accident victims and loved ones by aggressively pursuing fair compensation, negotiating with insurance companies, and taking claims to court when necessary. Contact GMV Law Group, LLP today to schedule a free consultation with a Florida head-on collision injury attorney to explore your legal options. Our English and Spanish speaking representatives are ready to help you.