Orlando Rear-end Accidents
All car accidents are dangerous. However, head-on collisions are often the most serious or deadly of collisions because of the force of the direct impact. When two vehicles strike head-on, the momentum creates the potential for permanent injury or death.
If you or a loved one is a victim of one of these dangerous collisions, it is essential you understand your legal rights. An experienced car accident lawyer at Frank M. Eidson, P.A., can bring extensive experience with these cases to the table to represent you and protect your right to full and fair compensation. Give us a call today or reach us online to speak with an attorney in a free case evaluation.
Legal Action You Can Take After a Head-On Collision in Florida
Head-on collisions don’t just happen. They tend to be caused by bad decisions and negligent or careless actions by drivers, including drivers who:
- Drive after they have been drinking
- Stay behind the wheel even though they are fatigued or falling asleep
- Allow cell phones or other distractions to take their attention off the road
- Speed and lose control of their vehicles
- Driver after consuming drugs, including prescription drugs that cause drowsiness
- Engage in aggressive driving.
These motorists may cause head-on accidents in a number of different ways including:
- Crossing a double yellow line into oncoming traffic
- Going the wrong way on a one-way road
- Failing to yield when making a left turn at an intersection
- Entering onto a highway off ramp and/or going the wrong direction on a highway
- Unsafe passing on a two-lane road.
Whenever the collision can be traced to the dangerous or negligent actions of another motorist, you may pursue a claim for compensation for serious injuries or wrongful death. If your accident goes beyond Florida’s personal injury protection (PIP) threshold, which is often the case when head-on collisions are involved, you may be able to take action against the motorist and others who may be held liable for your losses.
Establishing a Claim for Damages After a Head-On Auto Accident
After a head-on crash, you will need to prove that the collision was caused by the negligence of the other motorist. You can do this by showing that no reasonable driver would ever have acted in the way this motorist did. For example, no reasonably prudent, average driver would operate his vehicle when he was falling asleep or clearly intoxicated.
You can use witness reports, police evidence, testimony of accident reconstruction experts, blood tests and toxicology reports, phone records, work logs and driver logs and a host of other evidence to prove that the other motorist was, in fact, negligent. An experienced car accident lawyer will help you to obtain and analyze all required evidence.
If the motorist who caused the head-on crash broke a safety rule, such as driving drunk, this violation creates a presumption that the motorist was negligent. Instead of having to show that the driver was unreasonably careless in order to recover compensation, you would need to simply prove that the violation occurred and caused the crash.
You will also need to prove the extent of the injuries to be fully compensated for all of your losses. Head-on collisions routinely cause serious damage to the body, including:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord damage (SCI)
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Soft tissue damage, including whiplash, neck, back or shoulder injuries
- Head injury
The more seriously you were harmed, the more important it is that you are represented by a car accident lawyer who will work tirelessly to seek fair compensation for you.
Contact an Orlando Car Accident Attorney Today
Victims of head-on collisions caused by careless drivers should not have to bear the financial burden of the crash. They should be compensated for their financial losses and for non-economic losses, including pain and suffering.
Attorney Frank M. Eidson has been helping victims of collisions to recover compensation since 1989. He makes sure to give personalized attention to every client. Allow our firm to help you seek a recovery after you or a loved one has been involved in a head-on crash. It starts with a free consultation. Contact us today to get started.
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