When two cars traveling from opposite directions collide head on in a car accident, the force of impact is doubled. The outcome can be catastrophic, especially if the vehicles were going at a high rate of speed. Victims often suffer life-changing injuries or fail to survive. Unfortunately, in most these cases, the head-on collisions are completely avoidable. They result from a driver’s careless and reckless decisions and actions.
At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, our Norcross car accident attorneys work hard to seek just compensation for those who have suffered devastating harm in head-on collisions. Through the years, we have secured more than $150 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. We are ready to put that experience to work for you. If you recently suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a head-on crash in the Greater Atlanta area, contact us to discuss your case in a free consultation.
Why Do Head-On Collisions Happen?
The attorneys of Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, have more than 40 years of combined legal experience. We know that most head-on collisions result from negligence such as:
- Distracted driving – When a driver focuses on texting, talking on a phone, dealing with a pet or passenger in the car or other distractions, the driver is not focused on the road. The driver may cross the center line or fail to see a car turning in front of them at an intersection.
- Speeding or aggressive driving – If drivers exceed the posted speed limit or drive too fast for road, traffic and weather conditions, they can readily lose control of their vehicle. A speeding driver may swerve across the center line or drive off the shoulder of the road and overcorrect into oncoming traffic.
- Impaired driving – A driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol lacks the physical and mental faculties to operate a vehicle safely. The driver’s lack of coordination, slow reaction time and impaired judgment greatly increases the risk that the driver will cause a head-on crash or another type of collision.
- Driving in the wrong direction – Many head-on crashes occur when drivers travel in the wrong direction. For instance, the driver may go the wrong way on a one-way street or take the wrong ramp to exit or enter the interstate.
- Drowsy driving – If a driver lacks sufficient sleep or spends too many hours on the road, the driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver or drugged driver. A tired driver, for instance, may fall asleep at the wheel and drift into an oncoming vehicle.
Can You Sue After Being Injured in a Head-On Crash?
You may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit in the wake of a head-on collision if another person’s wrongful conduct caused the crash. When you work with Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we will thoroughly investigate your crash to determine fault, including collecting and analyzing evidence such as:
- The police report
- Photos and camera footage
- Driver, passenger and eyewitness statements
- Event data recorder (EDR, or “black box”) data
- Driver cell phone records
- Vehicle inspection and maintenance records
- Driver chemical test results.
Under Georgia law, you can file a car accident claim against another driver even if you were also partially responsible for causing a head-on collision. It will depend on whether the other driver was more at-fault than you were. However, if you are found to be partially responsible for causing the head-on accident, your financial recovery will be reduced according to the percentage of fault assigned to you. This method of sharing liability is called “modified comparative negligence.”
How Much Is a Head-On Collision Settlement or Verdict Worth?
Head-on crashes can result in severe, life-changing injuries. Some of the most common injuries are:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we understand how deeply these injuries affect victims’ lives. Many survivors of head-on crashes must face expensive medical treatment, lost time at work and other burdens. We will aggressively pursue all compensation that you are due if a negligent driver caused your head-on collision. This compensation may include:
- Past medical expenses
- Future health care needs related to the crash
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
If the other driver’s behavior was particularly egregious, we may request punitive damages on your behalf as well. These damages serve the purpose of punishing wrongful conduct and deterring others from engaging in similar behavior in the future. For instance, punitive damages often are sought when a drunk driver causes a head-on crash.
If your loved one died in a head-on accident, our attorneys would seek a different set of damages through a wrongful death claim. These damages can cover the loss of your loved one’s financial support, services and companionship as well as the costs of a funeral and burial.
What Should You Do After a Head-On Collision?
In the immediate aftermath of a head-on collision, it is essential that you see a doctor and get the medical care that you need. Your health needs to be your number one priority. So, make sure that you take whatever steps are necessary to treat your injuries.
You should also do your best to gather and preserve:
- Any photos that you or someone else took at the accident scene
- Names of any eyewitnesses
- A copy of the police accident report
- Medical bills and receipts of other related out-of-pocket expenses
- Letters or e-mails that you received from the insurance companies.
Finally, you should not give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster or sign any paperwork until you consult with an accident lawyer first. You don’t want to say or do anything which may jeopardize your right to recover full and fair compensation.
Our Norcross Head-On Collisions Attorneys Are Here for You
If you were injured in a head-on collision in Norcross or elsewhere in Georgia, the attorneys of Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, are ready to help you. While you focus on your health, you can rest assured that your case will be in our capable hands. Contact us now for a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.