A Head-on Collision Lawyer Can Help You Get Compensation
A head-on crash, also called a frontal collision, occurs when the front end of a vehicle crashes into an object or another vehicle. The damage can be especially devastating when two vehicles collide head on, because the force is increased by the impact of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions. As a result, head-on collision victims often face catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, and death. Survivors may face mounting medical bills at a time they are unable to work and are dealing with tremendous physical and emotional suffering.
If you were injured or a loved one has died in a head-on crash that involved someone else’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit. Texas laws are complicated, and insurance companies that are out for profit often attempt to deny your claim or get you to settle for less than your case is worth, so fighting for fair compensation can be difficult. Fortunately, there is help available from a personal injury attorney who knows how to hold the responsible party accountable and obtain the compensation you deserve.
The Houston car accident attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law know the laws, the system, and the tactics insurance companies use, and can take care of all legal hurdles and negotiations involved in getting you the compensation you deserve. We have the experience and resources necessary to protect your rights and provide the legal support you need.
We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and determine the best way to move forward. There are no fees to you unless you win, so call us today at 713-973-8888 or toll-free 1-800-444-5000 to get started.
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How a Lawyer for Head-On Accidents Can Help You
Head-on car accidents can be especially complicated because they involve many serious legal issues. For example, the driver who caused your crash and their insurance companies might deny being at fault or try to downplay the severity of your injuries, or even blame you for causing the accident.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we are prepared for these arguments and have years of experience successfully holding negligent parties accountable for the accidents they cause and winning money for our clients.
Every case is different, so we will start by listening to your version of what happened and who you think the at-fault parties may be. Based on the facts and the damages you received, we can estimate whether you have a valid case and what kind of settlement to ask for. We will then:
- investigate your case and gather evidence from photographs and videos, skid marks, police reports and medical records
- interview witnesses and first responders
- consult experts to testify as to how the accident happened and the harm you received and how it affects your life and family
- file all necessary paperwork in a timely manner
- build your case based on Texas law and past similar cases
- handle communications and negotiations for a fair settlement with insurance companies and their attorneys
- take your case to trial, if necessary, and present it in front of a judge and jury.
We will answer your questions and keep you informed on the progress of your case throughout the entire process.
Damages Our Attorneys Can Help Recover in a Hit-head-on-by-driver Lawsuit
When two cars collide head on, the result is a tremendous amount of kinetic energy transferred between them, and from the cars to the bodies of the people inside. The body keeps moving forward until it hits something – whether that’s a seatbelt, airbag, or the car’s interior. The extreme physical trauma of a head-on crash can cause:
- Head and brain trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Smashed and broken bones
- Neck injuries such as whiplash
- Cuts and lacerations
- Contusions and burns.
And of course, the very real possibility of death.
These types of injuries may require long-term continuing care, and affect the rest of your life, including your ability to work, care for your family, and do the things you love. Our attorneys will bring a lawsuit for all damages you are entitled to, including:
Economic damages for your monetary losses and expenses such as:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses (current and future)
- Lost wages and loss of future earnings if unable to work
- Property damage from the accident.
Non-economic damages for losses that do not have a specific dollar value, but negatively impact your life, including:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress (including trauma, humiliation, and disfigurement).
Punitive damages – In some rare cases, punitive damages (also called exemplary damages) may also be awarded. These are intended to punish particularly egregious and reckless conduct by a defendant who knowingly or recklessly placed persons in danger or if the defendant had a history of safety violations. For example, going the wrong way is often the result of extremely reckless driving, as is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Amounts of Damage Awards
There is a wide range of damage amounts that may be awarded in a head-on collision case, from the thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the circumstances of the case. Factors which may affect your damage amount include:
- The extent and permanence of your injuries and whether you will require continuing care
- Lost earnings and whether you will be able to work in the future
- Costs of losses and expenses resulting from the crash
- Your age, earning ability, and family situation
- The availability of insurance coverage and defendant assets
- The individual jurisdiction, judge, and jury where your case is heard
- The skill and negotiating power of your attorney.
In general, the more severe the injury and costs, the higher the damage award. Also, if multiple people are injured, if someone dies, or if punitive damages are awarded, the damage award can be higher.
Proving Negligence in a Head-on Lawsuit
To win your case, our attorneys must prove that another party, the defendant in the case, was negligent and at fault and therefore liable for the crash that caused your injuries. To do so legally, we would show the existence of the following elements:
- Duty – The defendant owed you a legal “duty of care” not to cause harm.
- Breach – The defendant breached this duty by doing, or failing to do, something that a reasonable person would have done in a similar situation.
- Causation – This breach caused your injuries.
- Damages – You suffered damages as a result.
There are many negligent behaviors that can cause head-on collisions. One major cause is traveling too fast around a curve. The vehicle sways into the opposite lane and tragedy results. Driver distractions, such as texting while driving, yakking on the cell phone, or fiddling with the CD player, are frequent causes … one moment your eyes are away from the windshield, the next moment they’re gazing at another vehicle mere feet away from your front grill.
Alternatively, a driver may simply fall asleep at the wheel, be impaired by alcohol or drugs, or be speeding and lose control. Sometimes, the failure of a vehicle’s parts or a poorly maintained road or broken traffic signal can contribute to the accident.
Our attorneys will look to identify everything that contributed to the accident and hold all negligent parties accountable, as they all may have insurance and assets that can go toward a settlement. For example, in addition to a driver, liable parties may include the driver’s employer, if the driver was working at the time; the manufacturer of a faulty auto part that failed; or the municipality responsible for road maintenance.
Finding the liable parties and proving these elements requires conducting careful investigations, gathering evidence, getting experts to testify on your behalf, presenting your case and aggressively arguing on your behalf. Our attorneys are ready to help you, so call us at 713-973-8888 or 1-800-444-5000 to get started as soon as possible.
Call Our Head-on Accident Attorney for Help
If a head-on accident has caused the loss of your loved one or serious, life-changing injuries, you have the right to seek a full and fair financial recovery for all of the harm you have suffered. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law understand what a difficult time this is for you and your family. When you have us on your side, we will take the burden off you by handling all investigations, negotiations, and legal requirements involved with getting you maximum compensation.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case, help you understand your legal options, and determine the best way to move forward. Don’t delay. Texas has a statute of limitations, a deadline for filing a claim. According to Texas law (CPRC TITLE 2 SUBTITLE B CHAPTER 16, SUBCHAPTER A, Sec. 16.003), you generally have two years* to file a lawsuit or the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case, so call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today at 713-973-8888 to get started while evidence is fresh and witnesses can be found. (*Always speak directly to an attorney for the exact deadlines that apply to your potential claim(s).)