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There is no doubt, head-on collisions are among the most terrifying to be involved in. The victims of a head-on crash may require weeks or months of medical care, surgery, rehabilitation, and therapy. Many cannot work for several months and others never return to their previous job. Suffering serious injuries in a head-on collision causes not only physical and emotional pain, but financial stress as well.
If another driver’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries in an Austin head-on collision, you likely qualify to file an insurance claim to collect compensation. A head-on collision accident lawyer in Austin at Lovins Trosclair, PLLC can help you recover the money you need to cover your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call our office at 512-535-1649 to schedule your free case evaluation today.
Who might be liable for a head-on collision in Austin?
In most cases, the other driver will be at-fault for a head-on collision. The most commonly liable drivers include:
Drunk drivers have a hard time keeping their vehicle in their lane and cannot react quickly enough to avoid a crash because of impaired reflexes and judgement. In some cases, intoxicated drivers might enter a one-way street or enter the highway going the wrong direction.
Fatigued or Sleeping Drivers
When drivers fall asleep behind the wheel, their cars can easily drift across into the other lane and collide with oncoming traffic. But even drivers who are just sleepy are at an increased risk of a head-on collision. Fatigued drivers have a longer reaction time and diminished reflexes when compared to someone who is well-rested. This may prevent them from acting quickly enough to avoid a crash.
Texting while driving is a common distraction for motorists, but far from the only one inside a car. Dialing a number, turning the radio station, or even talking to a passenger can take the driver’s attention off the road long enough to cross the centerline and crash into a driver heading in the opposite direction.
Sometimes head-on collisions occur as secondary accidents, after another crash pushes one or more vehicles across the centerline and into the other lane. These are sometimes called collateral accidents.
Sometimes, outside factors also create a hazard and contribute to head-on collisions. Drivers dodging potholes and road debris or those who cannot see the lanes clearly because of worn lines may veer into the other lane only to be hit by another vehicle.
In some cases, the signage might be unclear, allowing a driver to head in the wrong direction.
Our team will investigate your crash and determine all liable parties.
What types of injuries are common after a head-on crash?
Injuries can vary widely, even among drivers and passengers in the same vehicle. However, some injuries are more common than others. These include:
Cuts and Scrapes: Most people do not think about cuts and scrapes as being major injuries, but when windows and windshields shatter and airbags deploy, there is a lot of shrapnel flying around inside your vehicle. Major cuts can result in blood loss and permanent scarring.
Broken Bones: Hands and arms suffer trauma in many car accidents, but damage to facial bones is a major concern in a head-on crash. The jawbone, cheekbones, chin, and bones around the eyes can all suffer significant breaks and crushing in this type of wreck.
Whiplash and Other Neck Injuries: You may believe whiplash only occurs when another car hits you from behind, but this is not the case. Any impact can violently jerk your head beyond its normal range of motion, stretching and tearing tendons and ligaments in the neck.
Back and Spinal Injuries: Spinal cord compression, ruptured discs and other back injuries are common in a head-on collision. When the injury involves the spinal cord, such as when a broken vertebra severs the delicate cord, paralysis or even death can result.
Brain Injuries: Even with a seatbelt and airbag, your head can hit many surfaces during a crash. While skull fractures are a concern, traumatic brain injuries can also occur with no visible injury to the head. Concussions and other brain injuries can lead to unconsciousness, permanent loss of physical and cognitive ability, and even death.
Leg and Foot Injuries: Feet, ankles, legs, and knees take a beating in a head-on collision. They can crash into the dash, or even suffer crush injuries. Broken bones, torn ligaments, and compound fractures are common.
The type and severity of your injury will play a big part in how much compensation you may receive. For example, if you broke your arm and went back to work in four weeks, you will be entitled to far less than if you sustained a traumatic brain injury, could not go back to work, and needed round-the-clock care.
How can I prove liability in my Austin car accident?
To win compensation for your Austin car accident claim, you will need to prove the other driver acted negligently, and this negligence caused the head-on collision and your resulting injuries. Depending on the specific details of your accident, it may be easy to collect this evidence. The police report and your medical records will be important.
An Austin head-on collision lawyer at Lovins Trosclair, PLLC can analyze all available evidence, interview eyewitnesses, hire accident reconstruction experts, and mitigate accusations you contributed to the crash.
Once we prove the other motorist acted negligently, the at-fault motorist will be responsible for your past and future accident-related medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We can help you identify the liable party, build a strong case, and file a claim to get the settlement you deserve.
Why do I need an Austin head-on collision accident lawyer?
After suffering severe injuries in a head-on collision, the last thing you need to be worrying about is your financial future. Still, we understand how stressful it can be. You need to focus on your physical and emotional recovery, but all you can think about is how you can pay for it.
This is where the lawyers at Lovins Trosclair, PLLC come in. Our attorneys can handle your car accident claim for you, getting you the money you need and deserve while you focus on getting better. We will defend you against any tricks the insurer might try to pull to lower your settlement. And we do this with no upfront, out-of-pocket costs for you.
Call our Austin office today at 512-535-1649 to schedule a free case evaluation, and let us go to work securing your settlement.