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Causes of Head On Collisions

  • Intoxicaton

Many times intoxicated driver’s are so obliterated, they don’t even know they are on the wrong side of the road. We have all seen it time and time again, someone is drunk, going on the highway on the wrong side. Whether or not the drunk driver is going at a high rate of speed or not, any highway head-on collision is tragic because the other driver is usually going at least 55 mph. 

  • Distracted Driving

Not only do we have smart phones but we have smart watches and in-car gadgets. These all can cause a driver to be distracted. It only takes a millisecond to look away and get into a head-on collision. 

  • Driving while exhausted or drowsy

Driving while tired or even drowsy can be as dangerous as driving drunk. The lull of the car sound, the comfortable seat, the perfect temperature, it can all be a perfect scenario for falling asleep at the wheel. Even if someone feels drowsy, the best thing to do is pull over into a rest stop, or somewhere safe, and take a little power nap. Ignoring your body’s signals that it needs to shut down is a recipe for disaster. 

Our Attorneys Help People Hurt in Head-On Car Accidents

Head-on car wrecks, can cause devastating and life-changing injuries, like:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – A TBI can result from trauma associated with impact or from striking an object inside the car such as the steering wheel.

Spinal cord injury – Spinal cord injuries are associated with paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia (also called tetraplegia) and hemiplegia.

Neck injuries – Neck injuries are a common injury in these head-on accidents. The head whips forward and back in the classic whiplash movement. Injuries can be permanent, depending on the severity of the impact.

Broken bones –  The injury typically occurs when the victim braces with that part of their body immediately prior to impact.

Amputation – Sometimes parts of a victim’s body are fully or partially severed as a result of the collision. Such injuries can require amputation.

How Much Money Will I Get for My Car Accident?

Studies show that insurance companies pay, on average, significantly more (40% conservatively) to people when they are represented by a car accident lawyer. However, every crash has its specific set of facts that help determine value. How much compensation you receive can be based on a number of factors.

In general, victims of car accidents can receive funds to cover:

  • Medical bills
  • Hospital expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
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What Should I do After a Car Accident?

The aftermath of any auto collision can be devastating. In the moments immediately following any accident, confusion, high stress, and the pain of injuries can make it difficult to know what to do. Unfortunately, it’s in these moments that your actions can make all the difference to the outcome.

Make Sure That Everyone in Your Vehicle is Ok

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of your loved ones. Before doing anything else, make sure to ask everyone in the vehicle if they’re hurt.If any of your occupants are injured, ask them where they’re hurt. Ask about back, neck, or head injuries, as these are often the most serious. Moving them could worsen the damage.

If you’re seriously injured, try not to move, if you don’t have to. Stay still, contact emergency services, and wait for help.

Call 911 Right Away

Once you know about any injuries, call 911 and get emergency services on the scene. Even if no one appears to be hurt, always request medical assistance, as well as police.

Check to see if anyone outside of your vehicle has been injured

If you and your passengers are not seriously injured, get out of your vehicle and check to see if anyone else is hurt. Ask the driver and passengers if everyone is ok. Again, if anyone is seriously injured, try not move them.

Get medical attention for yourself and anyone else who needs it.

Whether you feel pain or not, a trained emergency medical technician should do a preliminary health check in case you’ve sustained any wounds you may not know about. Many injuries can take days or even weeks to show up, but a preliminary review on the scene improves your chances of catching anything early.

Document the scene of the accident.

  • The more information that you can get about the scene of an accident, the better. There are critical details that can make the difference in an injury case.
  • Ask any witnesses to stay on the scene and give statements to the police.
  • Take pictures of the damage to your and the other driver’s vehicle.
  • Get the other vehicle’s license plate number(s), make and model of any cars involved, and names of people involved.
  • If you’re able, write down everything that you can think of while the events are still fresh in your mind.

Exchange Information.

Make sure to exchange the following insurance information for all drivers.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Insurance Company
  • Insurance policy number
  • Driver’s license number
  • License plate number

Contact an Attorney.

Before you contact your insurance company for a claim, call a local personal injury lawyer and get a consultation right away. Your attorney will tell you what you should and shouldn’t say to the insurance adjuster. He will also discuss your strategy for getting the settlement you deserve.

File an Insurance Claim.

You should file an insurance claim as soon as you can. After filing a claim, an insurance adjuster will call to get more information. When they call, only give them the information that you have to. If they ask to record the call, refuse to allow them to do so.

Follow Up With Your Doctor.

a-man-talking-to-his-doctor-Frank-Hartman-personal-injury-attorney-in-Charleston-SC There are several injuries that often don’t present symptoms until days or weeks after an accident. Damage to you spine or neck from the jarring trauma of an accident can slowly develop problems over time.

Make sure that you follow up with your primary care provider as soon as possible after the accident, and get a follow-up appointment for any symptoms that may arise going forward.

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