“Keep your eyes on the road” is usually the first lesson that anyone learning how to drive is taught. That’s because when a driver doesn’t have their eyes on the road, it is easy to lose track of where the car is going and drift into another lane.
For the victims that did have their eyes on the road, the moments just before the car accident may be some of the worst of their lives. Knowing that a car is heading right for you and not being able to do anything to protect yourself and the loved ones in the car with you, can leave deep emotional scars.
Determining Who Caused The Accident
In some head-on collisions, it is clear which driver left their appropriate lane and went into oncoming traffic. But some accidents involve so much force that both cars are spun out of the road.
In those instances, the police and other expert investigators must examine the evidence left behind in the destruction. Evidence may include tire tracks, the testimony of witnesses to the accident, the accounts of the drivers and passengers, and video from surveillance cameras in the vicinity.
Victims should immediately consult with a New York car accident attorney who can help them as any investigations into the accident continue.
Can I File A Claim Against The Negligent Party?
If you or your loved ones suffered from injuries because you were involved in a head-on collision caused by the negligence of another party, it may be possible to file a personal injury suit against them.
Why Should I File A Claim?
By pursuing legal action against the person who caused your accident, you are taking steps to protect yourself and your family. As much as we want to believe that insurance will pay for all of our losses, the shocking reality is often that the amount the policy offers runs out before we are done being treated.
It doesn’t take long for medical bills to add up and most people aren’t prepared to spend thousands of dollars on their medical care. By filing a claim, you are taking steps to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more.
Common Causes Of Head On Collisions
Time and time again, the police report the same causes of head on collisions. These causes are frequently:
Despite the efforts of educators and government officials, people drive drunk every day. It only takes a small amount of alcohol to change someone’s behavior and fine motor skills. It’s easy for a drunk driver to lose control of the vehicle, even if they think their driving habits will keep anyone from knowing they are intoxicated.
Falling Asleep Behind The Wheel
Research has shown that being sleepy leads to:
- impaired vision
- impaired reaction time
- problems processing information
- decreased vigilance
Lack of sleep, certain medications, and drinking can all be factors in how sleepy a driver may become.
Some have even suggested that driving while drowsy may be the same as, or worse than, driving drunk.
There is no shortage of distractions, especially when driving through the busy streets of New York City. Texting, eating, drinking, children, navigation systems, and phone calls are all distractions that can pull the driver’s eyes from the road ahead. All it takes is a few seconds of inattention for the wheel to shift slightly and the car to drift outside of the lines.
The Lifelong Consequences
Head-on collisions are often called the most dangerous of car accidents. This is because there is an increased force upon impact when two cars are traveling towards each other, which results in a larger number of serious injuries.
Serious injuries that are commonly sustained in this type of accident include broken bones, spinal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injury.
The cost of care for each of these can be exorbitant. For example, the average cost of care for the first year after a traumatic brain injury is $151,000. It doesn’t end there – most people with a TBI require care for the rest of their lives.
My Injuries Could Be Serious Due To A Defect In The Airbags Or Seat Belt
If you believe that a defect in the car prevented the safety equipment from effectively protecting you, it is possible that you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the car or the company that designed the defective product.
What If My Car Was Recalled For The Defect?
It is still possible that you may have a case, even if your vehicle has been recalled for repairs. Consult with a car accident attorney as soon as possible to learn more.
What Will I Need To Provide Your Firm With?
When you decide that you would like our firm to represent you, you will need to provide us or give us permission to obtain, all documents that are relevant to your accident. This may include medical records, photographs of the scene, insurance information for all vehicles involved, and the police report.
This information, combined with our firm’s dedication, experience, and passion will help to get you the compensation that you both need and deserve.