Car accidents are scary and stressful regardless of how they happen, but head-on collisions can be particularly traumatizing for the victims. This is even truer when the crash happens at high speed, resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities. Although head-on collisions count for only two percent of accidents, they cause over 10 percent of driving-related fatalities. A number of victims of head-on collisions experience catastrophic injuries and they never truly recover from the crash. Even though no amount of money can truly make you whole again, financial compensation can help you cope with the expenses and ongoing medical care costs associated with your injuries. An experienced Massachusetts car accident lawyer can help you pursue the damages you may be entitled to following a crash.Head-On Collisions Cause Series Injuries
Whether it occurs on the highway, at an intersection, or on busy street, a head-on collision can cause devastating injuries like disc and back injuries, broken bones, head trauma, paralysis, internal bleeding, and post-traumatic stress disorder. There are several factors that contribute to a head-on collision. Head-on collisions happen for a variety of reasons, including driver inattention, speeding, drunk driving, and more. Although it can be hard to remember everything that happened leading up to a crash, writing down the aspects that you do remember can help you as you prepare to file your lawsuit or to seek a settlement.
First, knowing the location of the accident is important. If the accident occurred in your lane, then it can help establish that the other driver is at fault for the crash. External factors like whether there was a malfunctioning traffic signal or severe weather, which is common in Massachusetts, may also contribute to the crash. Finally, internal factors such as whether the other vehicle was speeding or whether the other driver was engaged in distracted driving practices like texting or talking on the phone, can also contribute to determining the cause of the head-on collision.Hold a Negligent Driver Responsible
When you are injured in a head-on collision, you can potentially bring a negligence lawsuit against the driver of the other vehicle to recover compensation for your injuries. There may also be other parties who are liable for your injuries, such as the employer of the person who was driving the vehicle that struck your vehicle. A seasoned car accident lawyer can help you ensure that you name all potential defendants in the lawsuit.
There are four main elements to a negligence action: duty, breach, causation, and damages. The first step, duty, involves showing that the other driver was required to drive with the same reasonable care and skill that a prudent driver would use when faced with the same road conditions. The element of breach requires the plaintiff to show that the other driver did not operate his or her vehicle according to that duty. Common examples include failing to abide by posted traffic laws, drunk driving, or being distracted behind the wheel. The third step of the lawsuit requires the plaintiff to show that the defendant’s lack of due care caused his or her injuries. This gives the defendant the opportunity to argue that some other factor was the primary cause of your injuries, including your own negligent conduct.
The final phase of the litigation involves determining the amount of damages that you are entitled to receive, including past and future medical bills, lost earnings, reduced future earning capacity, and pain and suffering. It may be necessary to consult with expert witnesses such as a lifecare planner in situations where the victim suffered life-altering catastrophic injuries. If the plaintiff does not seek compensation for some aspect of his or her injuries in the lawsuit and it reaches a final judgment or settlement, it is unlikely that he or she will be able to seek more compensation at a later date for the same injuries.Speak with a Tenacious Massachusetts Lawyer After a Car Accident
At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates PC, our dedicated legal team has provided reliable and responsive counsel to injured parties and family members who have lost loved ones. As a result of this experience, we have seen firsthand just how devastating a car accident can be. With clients located across Massachusetts, including in Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Quincy, Dedham, Newton, Norwood, Somerville, Brookline, and Peabody, we offer a free consultation to help you learn more about the legal system and whether you may be entitled to recovery from the careless individuals who caused you harm. To set up your appointment and learn more about how a skilled injury attorney may be able to help you, call 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.