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Head-on crashes are among the most serious types of car wrecks. Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers affirm that while head-on collisions account for around 2 percent of total car accidents in the U.S., they account for 10.1 percent of car accident fatalities due to the force and location of the impact. Unfortunately, when two vehicles hit head-on, the combined speed of each vehicle will magnify the impact so two cars traveling at 50 mph each will hit with the force of 100 mph.
If you or a loved one is involved in a head-on accident, Fort Lauderdale head-on collision attorney David I. Fuchs can help. You may have a legal right to compensation under Florida law and an experienced injury lawyer can help you to take action. Call today. (954) 568-3636
Head-on collisions can occur in a variety of situations including:
Drivers are more likely to do these dangerous behaviors if:
Unfortunately, as a study from Transportation.org reveals, these types of accidents are also more likely to occur on rural roads or undivided two-lane roads. In fact, 75 percent of head-on accidents happened in a rural location or on an undivided two-lane street.
When a driver does something dangerous that causes a head-on crash, he can be held legally responsible. Florida law allows you to file a claim for damages when you suffered a serious injury as a direct result of another driver’s negligence. Your Fort Lauderdale accident attorney will also need to demonstrate that the driver’s negligent or careless behavior was the direct cause of the head-on crash.
Claims can be settled outside of court or pursued in a trial and there are a variety of types of damages that should be paid including:
Because of the force of the crash, the injuries suffered are often serious and could include traumatic brain injury, paralysis, broken bones, or neck and back injuries, like whiplash. When drivers hit head-on due to fatigue, drunk driving or other common causes, the drivers may also fail to engage in accident avoidance behavior such as swerving or slamming on the brakes. This can result in more serious accidents with injuries that are more devastating.
As a result, the damages and injuries are often very significant in head-on accident cases and it is important to have an experienced Fort Lauderdale head-on collision lawyer to protect your rights. Your attorney can negotiate a settlement to obtain monetary damages for you or can take your case to trial and prove your claim in front of a jury charged with deciding an appropriate damage award.