Representing Victims of Head-on Collision Accidents in Gwinnett County, Georgia
A head-on collision—or a direct impact to the front of one vehicle by another vehicle—can occur almost anywhere. Head-on collisions usually occur when drivers are distracted or fail to operate their vehicles in a safe and careful manner. In addition to serious property damage to both vehicles, these accidents can also result in serious and potentially catastrophic injuries or death.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a head-on motor vehicle collision, you may be eligible to pursue monetary compensation. The knowledgeable Georgia head-on collision lawyers at Brauns Law can meet with you to discuss how your collision happened and may be able to represent you in a personal injury case.
Common Locations for Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions can occur on any roadway at any time. Obviously, the faster the vehicles are traveling, the more extreme the property damage and personal injuries to the vehicle occupants. Therefore, when these types of collisions occur on highways and other high-speed motorways, the damages can be significant. This is especially true on highways and other roadways that do not have a divider or median strip in the middle of the roadway. This lack of a barrier makes it far easier for one vehicle to cross directly into the path of another vehicle. Some of the most common locations for head-on collisions include:
- Busy highways
- Dual-lane country roads
- Multi-lane traffic intersections
- Parking lots
- Parking garages
Common Causes of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions can occur when one driver is operating a motor vehicle in a careless, negligent, or reckless manner. Some common causes of head-on collisions include:
- Crossing a double line
- Drunk driving or DUI’s
- Disobeying stop signs, yield signs, and other roadway signs, such as ‘Do Not Enter,’ ‘No Entry,’ or ‘No Access’ signs
- Disobeying or disregarding traffic control devices, including traffic lights and railroad crossing signs
- Crossing a median strip on a dual-lane highway or roadway
- Speeding and swerving—especially on multi-lane roadways and highways
- Driver fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel
- Failing to observe lane markings
- Negligent passing or abrupt lane changes
- Failing to properly use a turn signal
Liability and Damages in Georgia Head-On Collision Cases
In head-on collision cases and other motor vehicle accident cases, injured drivers and their passengers usually look to the at-fault driver or owner’s insurance company for compensation. If the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, then the injured accident victim may be able to look to his or her own insurance company for coverage.
In motor vehicle accident cases—including head-on collision cases—the at-fault driver’s insurance company is not going to do you any favors. The insurance company’s goal is to settle your personal injury case for as quickly and as cheaply as possible. In order to do this, the insurance company adjuster (or the insurance company’s attorney) will try and poke as many holes in your case as possible and try to downplay the extent of your injuries and damages.
In order for an injured accident victim to recover for injuries and damages sustained in a head-on collision, he or she must be able to show that the other driver was at fault. In some cases, the other driver’s insurance company will simply admit fault for the accident. This is especially true if a police officer came to the scene, determined that the other driver was at fault, and issued him or her a citation or ticket.
In other cases, the accident victim must show that the at-fault driver violated a rule of the road or drove in a reckless or careless manner, such as by failing to observe lane markings or by negligently crossing the roadway median. A Georgia head-on collision lawyer can help you prove fault (if necessary) and damages in your personal injury car accident case.
Injuries Sustained in Motor Vehicle Head-on Collisions
Head-on motor vehicle collisions oftentimes occur at very high rates of speed. As a result, the injuries and damages sustained can be severe and catastrophic. Common injuries sustained in Georgia head-on collision cases include fractures, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), spinal cord injuries, and soft tissue injuries.
In some cases, injured accident victims may be able to recover financial compensation for both their economic and non-economic damages, including compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, permanency, loss of consortium, and related psychological or psychiatric treatment, among other damages. A Georgia head-on collision lawyer can advocate for your right to recover monetary compensation in your case.
Litigating Head-on Collision Cases
The first step to bringing a personal injury case is to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Once that has been done and all medical records and bills have been submitted, the insurance company will usually make an initial settlement offer on the case. Several rounds of settlement negotiations may then follow until the case either settles or both sides reach an impasse. In some cases, insurance companies will not take a car accident case seriously until a legal complaint is filed with the court system. Filing a complaint does not guarantee that the case will go to trial—it only begins the litigation process. If the parties complete litigation and the case still has not settled, the case may go to a jury trial. There may also be some alternative dispute resolution options available, including mediation or arbitration. A Georgia head-on collision lawyer can help you explore these legal options when the time comes.
Contact a Georgia Head-On Collision Lawyer Today for a Free Legal Consultation and Case Evaluation
The knowledgeable head-on collision lawyers at Brauns Law may negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf and obtain a settlement offer. If the at-fault driver’s insurance company refuses to offer decent settlement money, an experienced attorney can litigate your case and take it to trial, if necessary.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Georgia head-on collision lawyer, please call us today at (404) 418-8244 or contact us online.