Head-on collisions are one of the most frightening and dangerous types of car accidents. Although any accident can lead to severe injuries, head-on collisions often have catastrophic consequences. These accidents are inherently more dangerous because of the direct impact involved when the cars collide, as well as the fact that head-on collisions often involve vehicles traveling at high speeds.
According to statistics released by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the state sees more than 276,000 traffic accidents every year. Although head-on collisions make up a small portion of these accidents, nearly 10% of head-on collisions result in a fatality. Many different situations lead to these devastating accidents including driver negligence and driver error.
Causes of Head-On Collisions
Situations in which driver negligence is to blame for a head-on collision include drunk driving, drugged driving, or distracted driving. Unfortunately, the incidents of intoxicated wrong-way drivers feel like an all too common occurrence that causes devastating consequences for the victims. Other situations involve careless driver error resulting in crashes on either divided or undivided roads as a result of drivers speeding, traveling too quickly around a curve or falling asleep behind the wheel.
Head-on collisions can have life-altering, disastrous consequences for all individuals involved. These types of car accidents can sometimes be fatal and result in debilitating injuries such as internal organ damage, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and even death. Victims of head-on collisions may suffer financial hardships in addition to serious medical and emotional injuries. Head-on collisions can cause individuals to miss significant time at work, face high medical bills and result in lasting physical and emotional pain. Individuals who have suffered injuries in a head-on collision can have a good case to file a lawsuit to recoup compensation for damages.
Head-On Collision Lawsuits
Whether you were a passenger in the same vehicle as the negligent driver, if you were in another car, or if you were a pedestrian, you can file a lawsuit in order to obtain financial compensation for your injuries, or a wrongful death claim if you lost a family member. Your personal injury lawsuit will be targeted at recovering sufficient financial compensation to pay for all your expenses arising from the accident.
In addition to the negligent driver, other liable parties could include the car’s owner, the manufacturer or retailer of a defective car part, or even a governmental entity. Plaintiffs in these cases may claim damages including medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If the accident resulted in a fatality, the surviving family members may file a wrongful death claim for funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and loss of future earnings. These cases are rarely straightforward and require an experienced attorney who understands the complex nuances of New Jersey personal injury law.
Brandon J. Broderick, Car Accident Attorneys
Negligent drivers should be held fully accountable for head-on collisions and the severe types of injuries they cause, and at our firm, you will receive dedicated representation in your case. At the firm of Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, our legal team takes pride in our mission to fight to protect the rights of those who have been injured through negligence or reckless disregard for human life. We will consult with you in-depth to determine the most effective strategy for pursuing compensation. You deserve the support of an experienced advocate, and we will fight to recover substantial compensation for you. We can help. Get in touch now.