One of the worst accidents a driver can encounter is a head-on collision. With all of that force from the other vehicle colliding with the car, victims are likely to suffer severe, long-term injuries. Sadly, some accidents can even cause the loss of a loved one.
If you are wondering what went wrong, a Clearwater head-on collision lawyer from Distasio Law Firm could help you piece together what caused the crash and pursue compensation. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may alleviate some of your expenses. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation with an experienced auto accident attorney.
Understanding What Happened After a Head-On Collision
The aftermath of any collision is disorienting. Without knowing the other driver’s motives and actions, you may be wondering what caused your crash. In front-end accidents, there are some common causes. Your crash could have occurred due to:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Wrong way driving
- Lane changes
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
Veering from normal traffic enough to cause a head-on collision requires a level of action or inaction that constitutes negligence. This means the other driver did not behave the way a reasonable person is expected to behave under similar circumstances. It is reasonable to expect fellow drivers to be awake, alert, and sober while operating their vehicles. When they do not meet these expectations, they can hold the blame for a collision and the injuries that result.
Drunk and Distracted Driving
Drunk driving is one of the most reckless behaviors an individual can engage in. Intoxication slows reflexes and impairs decision-making, all of which can contribute to a driver drifting into another lane, making incorrect turns, or driving the wrong way.
Distracted driving is similarly destructive. Florida recognized the risk enough to pass a law that bans texting while driving, making some forms of distracted driving not only careless, but criminal. Nonetheless, in your personal injury case, any form of distraction that took the other driver’s attention from the road can make them liable.
Contact the team of skilled attorneys at Distasio Law Firm if you suspect any of the following influenced your front-end collision:
- Social media
- GPS usage
- Passenger distractions
- Alcohol usage
- Drug usage
Other Forms of Negligence
Negligence extends beyond violating the rules of the road. Your accident may have been caused by someone who did not drive with adequate care for the situation. For instance, any of the following can contribute to head-on collisions:
- Road conditions
No one is perfect, and some elements are outside of any person’s control. However, attentive drivers should adjust their speed, keep control of the vehicle, and give the road their attention under any conditions, but especially under adverse ones.
Drowsy driving may also have contributed to your collision. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that there were 91,000 accidents in which drowsy driving was a factor. Being tired does not excuse a driver for the damage they cause.
If you were injured by a drowsy driver or some other act of negligence, you have a right to pursue damages. A knowledgeable Clearwater head-on collision attorney from Distasio Law Firm can help you understand how to hold these kinds of drivers accountable. Call our firm now to speak with a representative.
Front-End Crash Consequences
Your head-on accident claim is designed to offset some of the injury costs the collision caused you and your family. While no amount of compensation can take away your pain and suffering, it can provide some financial aid and closure. For example, you may be able to seek compensation to help with bills associated with injuries such as:
- Sprains and strains
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Loss of limbs
Your claim can cover related expenses, including physical and psychological therapy, prescription medication, and medical equipment such as braces, crutches, and wheelchairs.
Front-end collisions can sometimes result in death. In this case, family members can file a wrongful death claim on the person’s behalf. Please allow us to offer you our heartfelt condolences and assistance as you seek to recover damages for your loss. The compensation available to you can help cover:
- Hospital bills
- Insurance costs
- Funeral expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of consortium
In Florida, under Florida Statutes § 95.11, wrongful death claims have a statute of limitations of two years, versus four years for personal injury. Get in touch with a compassionate head-on crash lawyer in Clearwater to get started right away.
Changes to Your Lifestyle After a Loss
When calculating damages, we must evaluate how your life has changed because of this collision. If you were injured in a way that affects how much you can work, diminished earning capacity could become a part of your claim. Loss of income can even extend to family members of wrongful death victims. Your collision attorney can emphasize the change to your financial situation due to the loss of a primary breadwinner.
One term you will see in personal injury and wrongful death cases is “loss of consortium.” This means loss of companionship. Some injuries permanently alter a victim’s relationship with a significant other. Likewise, fatal accidents deprive survivors of that relationship.
The law recognizes the fundamental need for companionship—its loss is not taken lightly. Talk to your head-on accident lawyer today to learn how loss of consortium can affect your claim.
Reach Out to a Clearwater Head-On Collision Attorney
Personal injury claims are more nuanced than simply “this injury equals that amount.” At Distasio Law Firm, we take the specifics of your case, your injuries, and your damages into account as we work on your claim. This is business as usual for us, but not for you.
Since we know how much this accident has likely affected your life, we not only offer free case reviews, but we also do not request payment unless you receive compensation. To learn more about how a Clearwater head-on collision lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you, call us today.