Determining Fault in a Head-On Collision Can Be More Difficult Than You Might Think
In some car accidents, the liability is clear. For example, if a car runs a red light, drives on the wrong side of the road, or does not stop at a stop sign, then they are at fault and can likely be held liable for damages. However, when it comes to head-on collisions – the accidents most likely to cause serious injury or death – it can be harder to prove fault than you might think. Read on to learn and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you have been injured in an accident and require a free legal consultation.
Common Types of Negligence That Leads to Head-On Collisions
As is true of any other type of car accident, fault in a head-on accident will depend on who was negligent. A person will be negligent in most cases if they broke a traffic law (such as speeding), if they were texting while driving, if they were otherwise distracted while driving, or if they were otherwise not using reasonable care while driving.
It might be that the negligence is clear enough that one party will admit they were at fault. This is generally only the case if there is video surveillance of the case or many eyewitnesses. In other instances, it will be up to your attorney to prove who was negligent in the accident. We can do so by using evidence from the scene, depositions from witnesses, and by talking to accident reconstruction experts.
Damages That Might Be Available After a Head-On Accident
The particular damages you can sue for will depend on the injuries and damages you have suffered. Examples include economic damages, such as the cost of medical bills, emergency room treatment, ambulance bills, lost wages, the cost of ongoing care/treatment, the cost of physical therapy, medical supplies, prescription medication, and vehicle repair. You might also be able to recover damages for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.
Examples of Negligence in Head-On Accidents
There are many ways a person can be found negligent in a head-on collision. Examples include improperly passing a vehicle, illegally turning left, illegally making a u-turn, road rage, texting while driving, driving while drowsy, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or operating an unsafe vehicle. These are just some examples. Your attorney can help you determine who was at fault and can build a case.
If you are ready to find out what your options are, we strongly recommend you contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation. We will listen to your side of the story, determine what your options are, and provide honest legal advice.