Head-on collisions are one of the worst types of auto accidents. They frequently involve vehicles traveling at high speeds. The force of head-on crashes often causes death to both drivers and any passengers.
Head-on collisions almost always result from driver negligence of some sort, such as driving the wrong way down a one-way street or entering into the wrong lane of traffic. This egregious type of negligence usually results from situations like:
- Drunk driving due to inebriation
- Distracted driving due to texting while driving, talking on a cellphone, or looking at a GPS system
- Driver fatigue
- Speeding through a curve
Conditions leading to a head on collision sometimes have nothing to do with driver negligence, but with unsafe road conditions, or inclement weather such as rain or fog.
Legal liability in head-on crashes
In a head-on collision, the driver who is in the wrong lane is most likely the one liable for the accident. Because being in the wrong lane is such an unconscionable act, our Tennessee head-on crash lawyers usually demand punitive damages as well as damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.
If a death occurs, we bring wrongful death claims on behalf of any family members. In wrongful death cases, we seek payment for funeral bills and hospital bills. Our lawyers also demand compensation for the loss of financial support and the loss of emotional support the deceased would have provided his/her parents, children, and others.
In cases where drivers or passenger survive, the injuries are often catastrophic or permanent. The occupants in the front of the car are most at risk. In these situations, it is important to pursue the maximum possible compensation to ensure the award will cover ongoing medical costs.
Types of head-on accident collisions
Common injuries sustained in a head-on collision include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding and other internal harm
- Nerve damage
- Heart attack
- Whiplash injuries
Patients often require surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, numerous doctor visits, medical equipment, and prescription medications.
The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm has a deserved reputation for tough advocacy in vehicle crash cases. Our Nashville head-on collision attorneys have the experience to determine who caused the accident and to hold liable drivers accountable for the harm they cause. We are trial lawyer warriors who are ready to fight for you. To schedule a free consultation at our Nashville, Gallatin or Knoxville offices, call 615-246-5549 or fill out our contact form.