Head-on collisions are some of the most lethal of all motor vehicle accidents. When two cars hit each other head-on, the force of the crash is immense. Head-on accidents have a high number of fatalities and life-changing injuries. If you got hurt or a close relative died because of one of these crashes, a Tampa head-on collisions lawyer could help you go after compensation for your losses.
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we handle road accident injury cases like head-on collisions on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay upfront legal fees to get our help. We get paid out of the settlement proceeds or award at the end of the matter.
We are happy to offer an initial consultation at no cost and without obligation. You can call us today at (813) 879-3719 to get started.
Damages in a Tampa Head-On Collision Injury Claim
New clients often ask us how much money they can get for their injury claims. There is no flat-rate payment for head-on collision injury claims. The amount you can go after will depend on the unique facts of your situation. Your Tampa head-on collisions lawyer will have to talk to you and investigate your claim before we can estimate the amount of your potential financial recovery.
It can help, however, to understand the kinds of things that we can include in your claim against the negligent party. Here are some examples of the types of damages we have gotten for our clients:
You can usually recover the reasonable cost of the medical treatment you needed for your injuries. This category can include things like:
- The ambulance
- Life flight
- emergency room or trauma center
- Blood transfusions
- Physical therapy
- Pain management
We can include in your claim the income you did not get paid while you were off work because of your injuries. Lost wages, salary, self-employment, and other forms of regular income can count as lost income.
Catastrophic harm can rob a person of the ability to live independently. A person who needs daily assistance with medical treatments and personal care because of a spinal cord injury or head trauma might have to move into a long-term care facility. This expense can get added to the claim.
Diminished Earning Capacity
Significant injuries can leave a person with a lasting impairment, including weakness, lack of endurance, and decreased range of motion. If you cannot perform the functions of your job because of your injuries, you might have to work fewer hours or take a lower-paying position. Either situation can cause financial hardship.
Pain and Suffering and Other Intangible Losses
“Pain” refers to the physical discomfort, and “suffering” is the emotional distress of getting hurt in a head-on collision. Other types of non-economic losses include things like disfigurement and loss of the enjoyment of life.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that “frontal impacts accounted for 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2018.” If your close relative’s life ended because of one of these collisions, we might be able to pursue additional compensation on behalf of the legal beneficiaries.
Depending on your circumstances, you might have other losses.
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We Will Determine the Cause Your Head-On Car Crash
Many different things can cause or contribute to head-on collisions. Here are a few categories of things that can lead to these lethal accidents:
There is no end to the ways that drivers can make mistakes that cause head-on crashes. For example:
- Driving too fast for the conditions such as wet pavement can cause a driver to lose control of the car and veer into oncoming traffic
- Misjudging the time and distance one has to safely pass another vehicle
- Drunk driving can result in “wrong way” drivers
- An inexperienced driver can get confused about the correct lane
- An elderly driver might have cognitive decline that makes it challenging to know in which lane he should travel
- Distracted or drowsy drivers might drift into oncoming traffic lanes without realizing it
Many other types of driver error can place one car directly in the path of another. You can call (813) 879-3719 today for a free case review. Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers will work to determine how your accident occurred.
Some older styles of road design create dangerous conditions for head-on crashes in Tampa. Reversible lanes, left-turn lanes in the middle of a two-way street, and the lack of a center median can increase the risk of these collisions.
When a driver has a medical emergency, like a heart attack, or a child or animal suddenly dashes into the road, the circumstance might lead to the vehicle abruptly veering into oncoming traffic. If another car happens to be in the path, a head-on crash can result.
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Determining Liability in a Head-On Accident in Tampa
Often, the at-fault driver is obvious in a head-on crash. When someone travels in the wrong direction on the highway, there is little doubt about accountability. Regardless of the situation, however, the American Bar Association (ABA) says that we must be able to prove all four of these factors to hold someone responsible for your losses:
- Duty of care. The driver must have owed you a duty of care. All drivers must exercise caution and drive safely.
- Breach of duty. Failing to live up to a legal duty can be negligence. Driving while under the influence of alcohol violates the legal duty of care.
- Causation. Let us say that a drunk driver passes out at the wheel and runs head-on into another car. The negligent act of driving while intoxicated caused the accident.
- Measurable harm. If you had a physical injury from the crash, you would meet the quantifiable loss requirement for holding the at-fault driver liable.
You do not have to learn all of these legal concepts. A lawyer at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can address those and other issues.
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Getting Legal Help for a Tampa Head-On Collision Injury or Wrongful Death Claim
A Tampa head-on collisions lawyer at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can advocate on your behalf and negotiate directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company so that you do not have to do so. You can call us today at (813) 879-3719 to get started. The initial consultation is free.
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