If you or a loved one were harmed in a head-on collision in Moncks Corner, contact a car accident lawyer at our firm. The West Law Firm Personal Injury Lawyers are capable and skilled advocates in head-on crashes due to negligence. Reach out to one of our lawyers to discuss your case, or have someone contact us on your behalf.
Causes of Head-On Car Accidents
Head-on car accidents should clearly never happen. One car is where they should not be in traffic. These accidents happen most often on two-lane highways without a median, but they can happen anywhere.
Here are some common causes of head-on car accidents:
- Distracted driving, when a driver does not see a traffic sign, or they veer out of their lane
- Reckless driving, which causes a driver to lose control of their car
- Speeding, which causes a driver to lose focus and not see signs
- Drunk driving, where the alcohol level keeps a driver from processing what they are seeing
How Head-On Car Accident Injuries Happen
It is rare that a driver walks away from a head-on car accident with no injuries whatsoever. The severity of the accidents will cause serious bodily harm. Given the gravity of the situation, you need to be able to prove fault in the accident and secure enough financial compensation for your injuries.
Head-on collisions are perhaps the most dangerous type of car accident. They will unleash a tremendous amount of force on both drivers. Regardless of the safety engineering of the cars, the front of both vehicles will collapse inward. Each driver may suffer serious injuries from the:
- Steering wheel
- Air bag
The force of the car accident may throw a driver or their passenger through the windshield of the car.
Head-On Car Accident Injuries
Here are some of the serious injuries that motorists may suffer:
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Lacerations and cuts
- Fractures and broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
In addition, head-on crashes have the highest fatality rates of any type of accident. Accident victims have a much higher chance of dying in the crash. Even though these crashes comprise only 2% of the total number of car accidents, they account for 10% of fatalities.
How Much Your Head-On Car Accident Settlement May Be Worth
Your car accident settlement is directly tied to the value of your injuries. The more seriously hurt you are, the greater your entitlement to money. It follows that a head-on crash would usually lead to a higher settlement because you are more badly hurt.
However, you would first need to prove that the other driver was entirely at fault for your injury. Their insurance company may try to cast part of the blame on you for the accident, thereby reducing the amount of your financial recovery.
In addition, your total settlement would also depend on the amount of insurance coverage available. You cannot always control how much insurance coverage the other driver has. All they need to do is have $25,000 in bodily injury coverage per person and $50,000 per accident. You can also file a claim against your own underinsured motorist coverage.
Your car accident damages would consist of the following:
- Economic damages that cover what you have had to pay and what you could not earn as a result of your accident
- Non-economic damages that pay you for what you have gone through, and what you will endure in the future
While it is critical to hire an attorney in every car accident case, it is even more important in a head-on car accident. Liability is not often an issue because it is usually apparent which car was in the wrong place. Compensation is an issue because you need to be adequately paid for your injuries.
How Our Head-On Car Accident Attorneys Can Help You
Here is how our law firm can help you:
- Review your case to help you estimate your damages
- Prepare your claim to submit to the insurance company
- Defend you when the insurance company tries to blame you in whole or in part
- Negotiate with the insurance company for higher compensation when you deserve it
The last thing that you are in any condition to do is deal with the insurance company. We can handle all the details on your behalf. You do not have to worry as much about your legal situation because you will know that everything is in the hands of an experienced lawyer. When you do not have the strength or know-how to fight for your own legal rights, we do it for you.
Contact a Moncks Corner Head-On Car Accident Lawyer Today
The West Law Firm Personal Injury Lawyers are the seasoned litigators who you want handling a pivotal case on your behalf. Our firm has been serving South Carolinians for nearly eight decades. You can take the first step towards hiring us to help you when you reach out to us online or call us today at (843) 483-8630. You pay us nothing upfront, and you do not pay us at all unless you win your case.