Over 3,000 fatalities result from head-on collisions every year in the United States according to the Insurance Information Institute. As anyone can imagine, when two vehicles collide head-on the result is catastrophic injuries and death. If you experienced a head-on collision in the state of Tennessee, you may be facing substantial medical costs, loss of wages and income, pain and suffering, property damage, and even long-term psychological trauma. Learn how you have the legal right to receive compensation for both your economic and non-economic losses related to a negligent driver by contacting an experienced Tennessee head-on collision lawyer at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500.
Why It Matters How the Head-On Collision Occurred
Many victims of head-on collisions do not understand why it matters that the cause of the car accident is determined through evidence and testimony. Once a determination can be made regarding the reasons or the actual cause of the head-on collision, a victim has a better chance of proving negligence. Once a victim proves that a driver operated their motor vehicle in a negligent way, there is a greater chance to receive compensation for injuries and losses. The following are some common causes of head-on collisions.
Driving Under the Influence of Either Alcohol or Drugs
Any time a person makes the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, they risk not only their life but the lives of others on the roadway. If the police officer at the scene of the accident determines that the other driver operated a vehicle while intoxicated, it will show up in the official police report and the other driver will be charged with a DUI. Head-on collisions often occur when a driver is intoxicated because they may not have full control over all of their faculties and actions. As a result, they may drift into an oncoming lane of traffic, causing a head-on collision.
Texting and Driving or Driving While Distracted
Any type of distraction can result in a driver causing a head-on collision. In some instances, if a driver is texting and driving, they may veer into oncoming traffic resulting in a head-on collision. While texting and driving is the basis for many head-on collisions, any type of distracted driving may cause a serious accident in which two cars collide head-on. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites distracted driving as a major cause of accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the roadways. In some cases, a driver may be smoking, drinking, eating, checking a GPS device or map, or simply not be paying close enough attention to the roadways. As a result, serious and catastrophic injuries may occur. Contacting an experienced head-on collision lawyer at Labrum Law Firm can help ensure that you receive the proper evidence from a cell phone provider to prove that the other driver was operating a vehicle while texting and driving, or while on a phone call.
Driving While Fatigued
Many studies show that driving while drowsy or fatigued is nearly as bad as driving while intoxicated for mental clarity purposes. As a result, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration report indicates that 800 people lose their lives every year as a result of a driver operating a motor vehicle while drowsy or fatigued. When drivers are tired, they may drift off momentarily and then slowly veer into oncoming traffic causing a head-on collision.
Other Causes of Head-On Collisions
There are many other causes of head-on collisions, including swerving from wildlife in the roadway, attempting to avoid debris or potholes in the road, or simply failing to drive slowly and carefully during inclement weather. In most cases, however, the cause of a head-on collision is the result of driver negligence. In order to help you build a strong personal injury case and receive the compensation you deserve after your head-on collision, consider visiting with an experienced head-on collision attorney at Labrum Law Firm today.
How Much Compensation Will You Receive as a Victim of a Head-On Collision?”
There is not an exact dollar amount that is possible to predict regarding how much compensation you will receive as a victim of someone else's negligence that caused your head-on collision. However, there are certain types of compensation that you may be eligible to pursue under the law given the facts and circumstances of your unique car accident case. Some of these types of compensation include the following:
- Medical bills and costs associated with any healthcare for your injuries
- Future expected medical bills associated with surgeries or ongoing physical therapy
- Loss of wages due to the physical inability of a victim to return to the workplace as a result of their injury from their head-on collision
- Loss of future wages if the injuries appear to be long-lasting or permanent in nature
- Property damage to your vehicle, and the cost to repair or replace the damage
- Pain and suffering damages (this often involves complex and challenging legal analysis in order to ensure that a victim truly receives the total amount of compensation they deserve for these non-economic damages)
- Psychological trauma and distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
These are just some of the types of compensation you may have the right to receive after negotiating with an insurance company or filing a legal claim in a court of law regarding your injuries and losses related to a head-on collision.
How Labrum Law Firm Can Help You After Your Head-On Collision
Victims of head-on collisions often face serious injuries, loss of work and income, property damage, substantial pain and suffering, and psychological distress. Additionally, many victims feel overwhelmed due to the unscrupulous and manipulative tactics used by insurance companies in order to prevent them from receiving a fair and full settlement package. Our experienced head-on collision lawyers would welcome the chance to visit with you and help you learn more about your legal rights. Contact an experienced Tennessee head-on collision lawyer at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500 who will fight for you to get you the compensation you deserve.