Head-on Collisions

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A head-on collision, which takes place when two cars crash head-to-head, can be the most dangerous and deadly of accidents. Whether from a drunk driver, someone texting, speeding, or a driver passing incorrectly, you may see it coming but not in time to avoid it. Depending on the opposing vehicle’s speed, angle, and other factors, it could also be a high-speed collision. But even at a slow speed, a head-on collision can be devastating. It is one of the most horrifying experiences someone can have in a car and it is often deadly.

Orange County alone had 20,059 accidents in 2017, one of the highest accident rates in the state, and a very dangerous place due to distracted drivers. Florida’s population increase means that you have a higher chance of any kind of car accident.

Possible Injuries in a Head-on Collision

Even with modern airbags and other built-in safety equipment, head-on collisions can still be dangerous and deadly. You and any passengers in the car with you can suffer from any of the following severe injuries:

  • Head and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Concussions
  • Soft tissue injuries (such as whiplash)
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Lacerations and other flesh wounds
  • Amputations (loss of limbs)
  • Damage to or loss of some internal organs

Head-on collisions also frequently result in fatalities. If a negligent driver caused a head-on collision that resulted in the death of a loved one, you have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Negligence And Compensation

In order to recover damages and get compensation, you will need to prove another party’s negligence. This could be the driver of the opposing vehicle or the vehicle or part manufacturer if it’s found that a malfunctioning vehicle caused your accident due to a tire blowout or another system that caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

If you’ve suffered any kind of injuries, you may be unable to work and function as you did before. While you might think your insurance company will take care of you in your time of need, you can be sure that your insurance company or that of the other driver will be more interested in protecting their bottom line. When you desperately need funds, you should turn to an attorney to help you win the compensation you are legally entitled to by law. Insurance companies will have teams of lawyers fighting against your claim, which is why you need strong representation.

At The Umansky Law Firm, our team of personal injury lawyers in Orlando aim to fight for the compensation you need to heal and get back on your feet. In the event of a head-on collision, we might be able to recover monetary damages for:

  • All medical bills related to the accident
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Scarring and/or disfigurement
  • Loss of companionship/enjoyment of life

If you suffered the loss of a loved one in a head-on collision through negligence, you can also file a wrongful death lawsuit to collect damages for:

  • Medical expenses for your loved one’s hospitalization and treatment
  • Lost wages and loss of future earnings
  • Lost health insurance, disability/Social Security and other related benefits
  • Final expenses (funeral, burial, etc.)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Monetary compensation he or she would have received had he or she survived the accident

Statute of Limitations

Florida’s statute of limitations allows four years from the date of the accident for you to file your claim (Florida Statutes Annotated section 95.11(3)). It’s important to keep in mind that you have just four years from the day the accident occurred and not the day you discovered your injuries to pursue legal action. If you don’t file by then, your case will likely be dismissed. That’s why it’s important to speak with an attorney as soon as you are able if you plan to file a lawsuit.

Getting Help With Your Accident Case

If you’ve been injured as a direct result of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. If you wait, you could jeopardize your case and any potential settlements you may be awarded.

The Umansky Law Firm has been helping Orlando residents recover the compensation they need after an accident to get back to their lives for decades. We’ll investigate your crash and keep you informed every step of the way. Call us today for a free consultation at (407) 228-3838 or use our online contact form.