According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head-on collisions were the second-deadliest type of collision with a moving vehicle in 2016, behind only angle accidents. In addition, the NHTSA reports that 3,651 drivers were killed and 80,000 injured in multi-vehicle frontal crashes in 2018. Victims of these 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.
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.
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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.
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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:
If a driver turns onto a one-way street or takes a wrong turn into oncoming traffic, they can strike oncoming vehicles in a head-on collision. Wrong-way driving can also happen in cases involving aggressive driving, driving under the influence, or driving in unfamiliar areas.
There are many ways a driver can swerve over the median or centerline between lanes of traffic traveling in opposite directions. Distracted driving, swerving to avoid a road hazard, sudden braking in front, and unexpected lane changes can cause a vehicle to leap over the median into oncoming traffic. Overcorrections can also cause a median crossover.
Anything that causes a driver to lose control of their vehicle can cause a head-on collision. For example, speeding, road damage, sudden changes in traffic patterns, or distractions can send a car lurching across lanes into oncoming traffic, where a head-on accident can occur.
Head-On Collision Evidence Requirements
As the victim of a head-on collision, you are probably wondering what damages you can seek and what kinds of evidence are needed to file and substantiate a claim.
In general, to win compensation for injuries and damages, you must:
- First, prove the other driver’s duty of care.
- Next, establish a breach in the duty of care.
- Link the breach to your damages. Doing this is called establishing causation.
- Finally, prove that your injuries resulted in compensable losses.
To do the above, you can use 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
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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.
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
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.
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. Call us today to discuss your case and to learn more about your legal options.
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