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During a head-on accident, the speeds of both vehicles are combined at the point of impact, which means two vehicles traveling at 25 miles per hour are now colliding at 50 miles per hour.
Head-on collisions are one of the most deadly types of car accidents seen in Florida. The sheer force of these accidents can cause significant injuries to drivers and passengers alike.
Causes of Head-on Accidents
Head-on car accidents are defined as two vehicles moving in opposite directions that collide with each other. There are numerous causes for these types of accidents and they are much more common than drivers realize.
Often these accidents are preventable and occur because of one driver’s negligence. Some of the most common causes of head-on car accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Poor weather conditions
- Distracted driver
- Drowsy driver
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Limited visibility
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Reckless driving
- Running from the police
- Driving down the wrong side of the road and/or highway
- Road rage
- Turning into oncoming traffic
Sadly, the most cautious drivers are often the victims of head-on car accidents. Because these accidents are known for causing extreme injuries and damages, they are often the most tragic.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, it is estimated that one out of every 50 accidents in the United States is a head-on collision. Because these accidents deal in great force, the injuries are equally great. Just some of the injuries that are seen in these types of accidents can include:
- Airbag injuries
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Concussions or traumatic brain injury
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries and lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve damage
After a head-on accident, you should seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not feel as though you are injured. It is best to see a doctor who can ensure you do not have any internal injuries or brain injuries that cannot be seen on the outside.
Compensation You May be Entitled To
If you or a loved one was injured in a head-on car accident due to a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. The amount you’re entitled to will depend on the level of your injuries and the amount of damages you encounter – as well as what damages you are estimated to face in the future. Some items you may receive compensation for include:
- Medical Costs – If you have to go to the hospital, undergo surgery or even just see your family doctor, you can get all medical costs associated with your accident reimbursed. Then, you can receive compensation for future medical costs – such as rehabilitation, physical therapy, future surgeries, medical equipment, prescription medications, etc.
- Lost Wages – If you miss work to recover or you are no longer able to work the same number of hours (if at all), you can receive compensation for your lost wages.
- Loss of Companionship – If your loved one passes away because of injuries sustained in a head-on collision or is paralyzed and no longer able to contribute to the relationship, then you may be entitled to compensation for your loss of companionship.
- Funeral Expenses – If a loved one dies, your case becomes a wrongful death claim. You may be entitled to compensation for funeral costs and even loss of financial support from that loved one.
- Pain and Suffering – If you have pain and will continue to experience pain after your claim is closed, you could receive compensation for pain and suffering due to your head-on accident injuries.
Contact the Jacksonville Head-on Collision Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one was involved in a head-on accident, contact the attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde & Ashton P.A. today. We will aggressively protect your rights to compensation for your accident injuries. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us today. There is no fee to hire us and we only get paid if you win your case.
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What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)