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Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys - Head-On Collisions

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In the US these days, head-on collisions are actually quite rare and they make up just over 2% of all road accidents. However, the problem is that the rate of fatalities is high with 3,000 out of 140,000 leading to death. If you or someone you know has been in a head-on collision in recent times, compensation may be attainable in Fort Lauderdale and across Florida and we can help.

At The Injury Firm, we have years of experience helping motorists after an accident and our success record for those in head-on collisions speaks for itself. With medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, we can help you to receive the compensation you deserve.

Most Common Causes - Of course, the term ‘head-on collision’ describes any road accident where two drivers make contact whilst driving towards each other. Whether the two cars impact middle to middle or perhaps one just catches the front of another, they can be devastating especially when speed is involved because the two cars are travelling in the opposite direction to one another.

Sadly, most cases come from negligence from one party or perhaps even both; some drivers lose control of their vehicle and stray to the other side of the road, others simply drift, and a few just drive down the road the wrong way into incoming traffic. As mentioned previously, speed is an important factor but accidents are also caused by failing to recognize road signs, drunk driving, distracted driving, and reckless driving.

Dangers of Head-On Collisions - Compared to all other types of incidents, head-on collisions are by far the most dangerous and lead to the most amount of fatalities. Typically, most other accidents push the car in the direction it’s already travelling so whiplash is common along with bruised kneecaps and perhaps concussion. With head-on collisions, the car is instantly stopped in its tracks because the impact comes from the front (the opposite direction).

Unfortunately, we have seen fatalities in many of our cases but head-on collisions also cause lacerations, contusions, neck and brain traumas, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and whiplash. These are all painful in the short-term, but they can also lead to a life of pain and physiotherapy.

Insurance Protection - Since Florida has certain no-fault insurance laws in place, all drivers on the road must have personal injury protection (PIP) benefits to the value of $10,000. Regardless of who is to blame, this amount will provide coverage for you and all passengers.

With PIP in place, you can cover 60% of lost wages and earning capacity moving forward, 80% of medical expenses that arise as a result of the accident, and various household costs required due to the incident. If the victim were to pass away in the accident or any time after as a direct result of the collision, the family is entitled to half this amount in death benefits.

Is $10,000 Enough for PIP Coverage? - If your injuries are more severe and you spend over the $10,000 allowance, you can then proceed by suing the guilty party if you can prove they are to blame for the incident. Unless you have a permanent injury from the collision, recovery will be for all economic damages; permanent injury includes significant or permanent scarring, loss of bodily function, and disfigurement. Finally, death will be slightly different but family members can recover costs here too.

Filing a Lawsuit - With head-on collisions, the key pieces of information when forming a case is whether or not you can prove your expenses and that the other driver was at fault. When suing, you’re essentially stating you have a permanent injury and that you have exceeded the $10,000 allowance so these need to be proven. As mentioned, you also need to prove the fault of the other driver or else they won’t owe you a single cent. After contacting The Injury Firm, we can help you to do this as we have extensive experience in gathering the facts from collisions. Ultimately, this will involve four key elements;

Breach - Did the other driver breach a certain duty of care on the road? e.g. did they run a red light, creep over into your side of the road, etc.?

Duty - As drivers on the road, we all have a duty to ourselves and to all other drivers that we will drive safely and abide by the laws of the road.

Causation - Was the negligent behavior of the other party the reason for your accident and therefore injuries? Here, we need to prove that your injuries would not have occurred without their negligence and actions.

Damages - Once all three of these have been proven, it then comes down to proving the actual damages themselves including lost wages and medical bills.

Gathering Evidence - In terms of gathering evidence, you need every little detail that will help to prove the four elements listed above. For example, the most useful pieces of evidence come from photographs of the scene, police reports, medical records, videos, medical bills, and eyewitnesses if you were able to either take a statement or take contact information from those who had seen the accident.

After this, you could also look towards pay packets to show your drop in income, a journal noting your pain and experience on a day-to-day basis, and an expert testimony who discusses your injuries and how you’ll be affected in the coming weeks, months, and years.

When dealing with a fatality, gathering evidence can be a tough process which is why we are happy to take this burden from your shoulders. Whilst trying to grieve and deal with the loss, you don’t want to be pulling all the evidence together so we can do it on your behalf and build the strongest case possible.

Time Constraints - In Fort Lauderdale and across Florida, there is a four-year period between the accident and it being ‘too late’ to file. If you fail to file in these four years, you will not be able to recover damages no matter how severe the incident may have been. For this reason, we highly recommend getting in touch as soon as possible.

We Can Help - As we’ve said throughout, we can help you or your family members to bring your case together. With lost wages and medical bills to pay, you need someone with experience in the industry and we spend our lives in these types of cases so know exactly what to do. If you’re the ‘breadwinner’ of the home, an accident could leave your family struggling to get by so you need to take action.

At The Injury Firm, we have a superb team of hard-working, smart attorneys who can help you and your family to get back on your feet as soon as possible after the incident! 

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