Compared with total number of car accidents that occur, head on collisions are relatively rare. In spite of these lower occurrence rates, the number of deaths and severity of the injuries are high. Tragically, head on accidents often result in death and catastrophic injuries to one or more innocent victims. The great tragedy is when a serious accident could have been avoided, and was caused due to carelessness or negligence on the part of another person.
Causes of head on collisions
A vehicle might cross the median or end up on the wrong side of the road, due to:
- Drunk driving
- Falling asleep
- Cell phone use or distracted driving
- Slippery or poor road conditions
- Driving too fast for the road conditions
- Being pushed into oncoming traffic when hit by another vehicle
- Swerving to miss an animal
Even at relatively low speeds, tragic head on collisions often happen at intersections when a driver makes an improper left hand turn into oncoming traffic.
Head on collisions can occur when vehicles pass on a hill, or a curve. Too much speed for the road conditions may cause drivers to lose control on loose gravel or potholes.
Innocent people get hurt
When innocent people suffer serious personal injury because some one else failed to take necessary and reasonable care driving, the injured person can file a personal injury claim for his losses. This could include compensation for ongoing pain and suffering, lost income, medical costs, damage to his vehicle and other property.
When innocent people die
When careless or negligent actions result in death to an innocent person, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim against the person responsible. There is no way to place a value on human life, and the emotional pain of losing a loved one. A wrongful death claim is meant to help compensate the family for the care, companionship, guidance, support and financial income they have lost.
What really happened?
The actual cause of the accident may not be clear. In some accidents, one person is obviously at fault and is legally responsible for the harm caused. Whether the accident occurred due to one mistake or a chain of faulty actions, the particulars of head on car accidents are difficult to untangle and require detailed investigation. It is rare that the occupants and drivers of all vehicles will have the same take on what happened. Any witness reports may be similar or conflicted.
Your right to compensation must be proven
Even for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries or loss of a loved one, compensation will not be awarded automatically. The insurance company acting on behalf of the “at fault” driver may try to place at least partial blame on the other driver. In order to claim personal injury compensation, there must be proof that you were harmed because some one else acted carelessly. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured, it is crucial to seek legal counsel as soon as possible following the accident to find out your rights and protect your position.
Claim period is limited
A personal injury claim must be initiated within a limited window of time. The amount of time varies with differing situations. Unfortunately, if this legal time period is missed the claimant forfeits privileges to benefits. If you intend to make a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim you must be aware of the time constraints and be within the legal time frame allowed.
Who is acting on your behalf?
People who have been injured or lost a loved one in a head on collision have urgent issues regarding their losses. This may take the form of medical care, financial challenges and devastating emotional pain. Its an overwhelming time for people struggling with a life suddenly turned upside down because of pain, disabling conditions or loss of a loved one. On top of the things that must be dealt with immediately, there is pressing requirement to consider your rights to compensation. You need to have someone on your side who knows the law. The Kahler car accident Lawyers act on behalf of injured people who have been hurt through no fault of their own. We understand the complexities of the law and are experienced and successful at winning the compensation our clients need and are entitled to.
No payment til your case is won
If you have an injury claim, Kahler Personal Injury Law Firm is willing to prepare the details of your case, in order to win the fair compensation for your present and future losses. In the meantime, we are able to help with ongoing medical and necessary costs for clients who need financial assistance. You do not pay until your case has been settled.
Time is of the essence
Head on collisions can result in serious life changing injuries and or death. Injured people or those who have lost a loved one, must make a legal claim, if they wish to be compensated for their losses. Car accident details are complicated in most cases and must be investigated soon as possible, after they occur. Your rightful claim to benefits are not automatic but must proven. Time limits can restrict your right to compensation.
When everything in your life has changed physically and emotionally, even the present can seem uncertain. During the days and weeks following an accident, it is a huge task to take care of the health and well being of yourself and your loved ones. You need professional, experienced legal guidance by your side. Our clients look to our lawyers to take care of the legal details of their claim while they take care of the rest.
Timely answers to your questions can avoid loss of benefits
We understand that you will have many questions. We can help answer many of them. Kahler Injury Lawyers will meet with you for a no charge consultation. We can meet in one of our offices or in your home, office or hospital room if more convenient. We are happy to answer your questions regarding the accident or your rights to claim. There is no fee and no obligation on your part.