Experienced Brooksville Florida Head-On Car Accident Lawyers
Head-on car crashes are some of the most dangerous and often fatal types of crashes. Brooksville Florida head-on car collision attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can help you if you were severely injured in a car accident. Our lawyers provide effective legal advocacy and counseling to individuals involved in significant car accidents. We offer guidance and representation in personal injury lawsuits, and we can help you if you were injured in a head-on collision with a car.
Head-On Vehicle Collisions
Head-on collisions occur when a motorist is driving the wrong way down a lane or crosses the median into the opposite lane. In a 2012 study, the National Transportation Safety Board estimated that wrong-way collisions account for three percent of all traffic crashes in the U.S. However, they have a much higher rate of fatality than other types of collisions. Drunk driving was a major factor in many head-on collisions, and a reduced line of sight also can be a factor.
Many drivers and passengers suffer catastrophic injuries in head-on crashes with other vehicles, and some injuries can be fatal. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 5,400 people died in passenger car accidents when the initial point of impact was the front of the car. In Florida, over 26 percent of fatal car crashes were the result of head-on collisions.
Liability in Head-on Car Crashes
Drivers who cause head-on collisions are accountable for the injuries and damages they inflict on their victims. You can hold a driver liable for the harm he or she caused you as a result of a head-on collision.
Florida requires you to show that the driver who caused the crash (the defendant) is liable for your injuries. You can make your case by establishing the defendant’s negligence, which means proving everything in this list:
- The defendant had a duty to exercise care. Drivers in Florida must exercise the prudence and care that any other driver would exercise under similar circumstances.
- The defendant breached the duty of care by his or her actions. For example, this can happen when the driver is too distracted and swerves head-on into your lane.
- The defendant caused your injuries by failing to exercise care.
- You incurred damages, such as medical expenses, for your injuries.
If you were struck by a drunk driver, you may be able to establish the driver’s liability under negligence per se. This does not require you to show that the driver breached the duty of care. It is obvious that the driver breached the duty of care if he or she drove drunk, which is a criminal offense in Florida. You would still need to prove that your injuries were caused by the head-on collision, however, to get damages.
Recovery and Compensation in Head-On Collisions
You may recover damages for the injuries you suffered in a head-on car crash. You could recover for your current and future medical expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, property damage, and more. Because head-on collisions are often fatal, the relatives of a deceased victim can recover damages through a wrongful death action. Relatives may obtain compensation for their loved one’s lost wages, medical and burial bills, loss of companionship for a spouse, lost parental companionship for any children, and other damages. In Florida, you must file a personal injury claim within four years of the accident and a wrongful death claim within two years of the accident, or you will risk losing your right to recover damages.
Seasoned Legal Advocacy
The Brooksville Florida Personal Injury lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC offer aggressive representation and exceptional client service to car crash victims. We vigorously represent clients to help them obtain the compensation that is fair for their injuries. We can negotiate a settlement on your behalf and firmly represent your interests in the courtroom. Our attorneys are committed to individualized client service, so you can receive the legal guidance and service that is most appropriate for your case. We serve clients in Brooksville, Lutz, Hillsborough, and nearby counties. Call our office at (866) 597-0009, or you can fill out our online form for a free initial consultation.