If you were injured in a head-on collision through no fault of your own, or if you lost a loved one in one of these crashes, you should contact a lawyer. You must ensure that your rights are fully protected, including your right to seek compensation for the harm you have suffered. If you need a Dallas head-on collision attorney, the Law Office of Doug Goyen can assist you. Call our Dallas car crash attorneys, we have a long history of assisting injured victims and their families in Dallas and throughout Texas. Call (972) 599 4100 and we can start working on your case immediately.
Head-on collisions happen when two drivers collide head-on from the front. They are among the most dangerous types of collisions. This is due to the fact that this type of collision doubles the force, so if each car is traveling at 45 mph, this is the equivalent of a crash at 90 mph.
WHAT CAUSES HEAD-ON COLLISIONS?
In 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported a 58 percent fatality rate for vehicle occupants in frontal collisions. Many times it is due to drunk driving or distracted driving (such as texting while driving), unsafe passing, drowsy driving, or some other type of confusion behind the wheel, such as an elderly person who enters a highway in the wrong direction.
Drunk driving occurs when drunk drivers swerve or lose control of their vehicles, causing them to cross into the wrong lane of traffic.
Drivers who are not paying attention because they are distracted by their cell phones or other distractions may swerve or drift out of their lanes.
Drowsy driving occurs when a driver falls asleep and easily crosses into oncoming traffic.
When a driver takes a curve too fast or otherwise loses control of the vehicle on a curve, this is referred to as losing control around a curve.
Unsafe passing occurs when a driver attempts to pass on a two-lane road that is not divided.
While head-on collisions can occur at any time when drivers engage in these and other risky behaviors, they are much more likely to occur on rural roads.
SEVERITY OF HEAD-ON COLLISIONS
Head-on collisions are more likely to be fatal because drivers are frequently unable to engage in standard crash-avoidance behavior. A drunk or sleeping driver, for example, will be unable to slow down, slam on the brakes, or swerve to avoid a head-on collision. Not only are the cars more likely to collide head-on, but they are also more likely to collide at high speeds. Because of all of these factors, the driver is very likely to sustain serious injuries as a result of the collision.
Head-on collisions are more likely to result in death for a variety of reasons, including the combined force of the vehicles’ speed that increases the severity of the impact.
INJURIES AND DAMAGES RESULTING FROM HEAD-ON COLLISIONS
Following a head-on collision, drivers may sustain a variety of injuries, including:
Spinal cord injuries that result in paraplegia or quadriplegia
Broken bones, particularly those in the face
Damage to soft tissues
Knee, hip, and leg injuries are common.
TBI (traumatic brain injury)
The more serious your injury, the more compensation you should receive from the driver who caused the accident. The driver who caused your head-on collision – or rather, the driver’s insurance company – should cover your medical expenses, including any future or ongoing medical care that you will require.
You should also be compensated for lost income if you have to miss work if your injuries prevent you from working. In serious injury cases, pain and suffering and emotional distress damages are also required. If the accident resulted in death, the victim’s family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
WHAT DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE IF I’M INJURED IN A CAR CRASH IN DALLAS?
In Dallas and all of Texas compensation typically takes two forms – economic damages and non-economic damages. In select personal injury cases, punitive damages might also be on the table.
Economic Damages. Economic damages are awarded to compensate for the financial costs, losses, and expenses related to a car accident.
These typically include:
Current medical expenses (including, but not limited to, transportation to the hospital, diagnostic tests, surgery, medication, and a hospital stay)
Future medical bills (including follow-up care, medical devices, and medical equipment)
The cost of replacing or repairing damaged property
By recovering economic damages, the goal is to be put back in the position you were in (financially speaking) before the accident.
Non-economic Damages. Not all injuries and consequences of a car accident have a set financial value. You can experience unbearable physical pain and excruciating emotional suffering. You might face significant limitations in what you can do and how you can live your life. These consequences are no less serious than the ones that come with a receipt. That’s why non-economic damages are awarded.
Common examples of non-economic damages include:
Texas does not have a cap on non-economic awards. However, valuation is often closely associated with the value of economic damages.
GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR HEAD-ON COLLISION ATTORNEYS
If you were injured in a head-on collision caused by another driver, you are entitled to compensation. The Law Office of Doug Goyen’s Dallas head-on collision attorney will seek compensation on your behalf. Call (972) 599 4100 today for a free consultation.
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Law Office of Doug Goyen
15851 Dallas Pkwy #605
Addison, Texas 75001
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