Victims of head-on collision accidents can suffer serious and long-term injuries that can lead to substantial medical care bills, lost time from work, an inability to work, vehicle damage, and mental and emotional trauma. Fortunately, if you were involved in a head-on collision, a Dayton head-on collisions car accident lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm LLC could represent you.
Insurance policies, state accident statutes, liability, and evidentiary requirements can be complex. If you are injured, it may be difficult to put together and file a claim and follow up with the parties involved in your accident. An attorney from our firm can help with these tasks and more so that you can focus on your recovery.
Pursuing Legal Action Against a Liable Party Can Prevent Long-Term, Post-Accident Struggles
You can often trace the damage done by a head-on collision car accident back to negligence. Whether a driver takes to the road distracted or a liable party fails to take your safety into consideration, you can cite negligence as the driving force behind your right to civil action after an accident.
That said, you have to take steps to elaborate on the nature of the negligence involved in your accident if you want to request damages. Specifically, you must file a civil complaint with a county clerk. This complaint should detail:
- The identity of the party you believe to be responsible for your accident
- Proof of fault/a violated duty of care
- An estimate of the damage done in your accident
- Proof of economic losses
While you may have the chance to elaborate on this information should your case move forward in court, the complaint you file needs to make it clear to attending legal parties why you believe the duty of care owed to you was violated and how you would like to respond to said violation. It can be easier for you to establish this information with a car accident lawyer’s help.
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How Much Will a Car Accident Lawyer Cost Me?
Legal help is affordable with our law firm. Your Dayton head-on collisions car accident attorney works on a contingency fee basis, meaning that legal fees are only charged if we win your case. Under our no-fee guarantee, our legal team can get straight to work on your claim for compensation without delays.
Our firm receives a percentage of your financial compensation after successfully resolving your case. We want to ensure there are no financial obstacles to the pursuit of justice, so we do not charge you any money upfront.
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Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit in Ohio?
The time to file a lawsuit for a head-on collision in Ohio is limited to two years from the date of the accident. There may be exceptions that apply to your situation, so speaking with a lawyer can shed some light on the available time for your case.
Our Dayton personal injury lawyers work to move swiftly in building your case, taking care to create a strong argument in your favor. It is vital that you do not wait to start your car accident claim. The more time you have to build a compelling case, the better your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.
Understanding Head-On Collisions
A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions strike each other. This type of accident is especially dangerous since the force and impact the vehicles are subjected to are based on the combined speed of both vehicles.
Even with safety features such as crumple zones, airbags, side beams, and roll cages, vehicles involved in head-on collisions may be totaled, and drivers and passengers can sustain serious and life-altering injuries and even death in such accidents.
For example, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that over 50% of the car, pickup, and SUV occupants killed in road accidents in 2018 were killed in frontal crashes.
Common causes of head-on collisions are as follows:
- Driving the wrong way down the road
- Swerving over the median
- Losing control of a vehicle
- Driving while distracted
- Driving without a license
- Driving while intoxicated
That said, it’s not always a driver who bears the responsibility for your losses on the road. If the evidence at the scene of your head-on collision suggests that multiple parties may be liable for your losses, you can work with an attorney to assign fault to those parties accordingly.
Assigning Fault to Liable Parties
Based on the evidence available for your accident, you may be able to prove that the negligence of one or more parties caused or contributed to your accident. Consider the following:
- A driver drives while fatigued or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medications
- A delivery company forces drivers to meet tight and unrealistic delivery deadlines
- A service or maintenance crew fails to perform essential repairs on a vehicle that breaks down on the road and causes an accident
- A state government or local municipality office responsible for road repairs, signage, and maintaining safe roads does not perform essential road repairs or fails to put up warning signs, and an accident occurs as a result
If any of the scenarios above leads to a head-on car accident, a different party may share liability for the accident.
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Compensation in a Head-On Car Accident Case
Based on the severity of your injuries and the nature of your accident, you may be able to seek compensation for damages, including:
- Vehicle damage
- Lost income
- Lost ability to work
- Medical care and treatment expenses
- Therapy, medicine, and rehabilitation costs
- Permanent injury compensation
- Compensation for burns, lacerations, scarring, or disfigurement
- Non-economic damages
Head-On Collision Claims Require Evidence
Before you can demand compensation for your losses or otherwise hold another party responsible for your accident, you need to present evidence that their negligence contributed to your accident. You can specifically bring forward evidence such as:
- Traffic or dashcam footage
- Police reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Cell phone usage records
- Road maintenance or vehicle maintenance records
- The other driver’s work or driving records to prove overwork or fatigued driving
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
Our team can compile this evidence and use it to create a cohesive narrative describing the way your accident took place. In turn, we can argue that a named party violated the duty of care owed to you and must subsequently take responsibility for the dire financial straits you may now find yourself in.
A Lawyer Serving Dayton Can Help You File a Wrongful Death Claim
A head-on collision can pose a greater fatality risk than car accidents at other angles. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to a head-on crash, we want to extend our heartfelt condolences for your loss.
There is no replacement for their presence in your life, but we hope we can ease the financial burden you may be experiencing due to their death and contribute in some small way to bringing you closure. To do that, we can file a wrongful death claim for compensation.
Your family may be able to recover compensation for:
- Final arrangement expenses
- Medical expenses
- Lost financial support
- Loss of companionship, guidance, protection, etc.
- Loss of services
- Depression or other emotional distress
A head-on car accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm can assist you with identifying which of the losses and expenses above—or other damages not listed here—you may be able to file a claim for. We can also assist you in determining the value of your claim.
What to Expect After You File a Head-On Collision Claim
Collecting the information needed to establish your head-on collision car accident complaint is the first step you take toward justice. Once your complaint reaches a county clerk’s desk, it’s up to those parties to determine whether or not your case moves forward. Your attorney can keep you up to date as conversations about your case proceed.
Should your head-on collision claim move forward, you have the right to file a summons bringing the party you’ve named liable for your losses forward in civil court. That party similarly has the right to contradict your claim, though your summons may still demand that they come and discuss your right to financial support before the applicable parties.
It’s up to you to choose whether you pursue the compensation for your head-on collision accident via settlement negotiation or trial. Trials tend to take longer to resolve but require the oversight of a judge, thus curbing the possibility of a defendant’s poor behavior. Negotiations can settle more quickly but may require you to compromise when requesting support.
Our Commitment to Achieving Results in Dayton Car Accident Cases
Our Dayton personal injury law firm is determined to recover the compensation our clients in Ohio need and deserve. However, our job is about much more than recovering money. It is about being there to help people who have been injured put their lives back together because they might not be able to do it on their own.
We are proud to have represented residents of Ohio and achieved results like the ones below:
- $1,450,000 for a car accident client who suffered a substantial loss of income due to a fractured leg and ankle
- $600,000 for a client who sustained a hip fracture, amongst other injuries, in a car accident
- $1,150,000 for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a truck accident
These financial awards represent our hard work and commitment to helping our clients restore their lives. A head-on car accident attorney would like to do the same for you.
Help from a Dayton Head-on Collisions Car Accident Attorney is a Call Away
A Dayton head-on collisions car accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm may be able to represent you in settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit. After we build your case, we can present our evidence to the responsible party’s insurance company. Then, we can take your case to trial if they refuse to make you a fair settlement offer.
In the aftermath of an accident, your health and recovery should be your priority. Let us handle your case’s communications, deadlines, and legal work while you focus on getting better. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. Contact us today to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.
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