Head-On Collision Kills Two
Two Florida drivers were killed when one crossed the median, colliding head-on with another vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene and troopers launched an investigation to discover the cause of the deadly accident on Highway 20. Although not common, head-on collisions have higher injury and fatality rates than other car accidents.
Injuries Resulting from Head-On Collisions
Any car accident may result in serious injuries and expenses. However, head-on collisions carry a higher risk of fatality than many other crash scenarios. There is also a high risk of head and neck injuries, due to the front impact. If the accident causes the driver’s head to hit the steering wheel or other hard object, a traumatic brain injury could result. Such an impact can also result in broken bones.
Regardless of the exact injuries suffered after a head-on collision, medical expenses can add up quickly. Particularly if the spine or brain is involved, extended hospital stays, testing, and rehabilitation can get expensive.
Immediately after receiving the necessary medical treatment, you’ll likely begin working with your insurance company, and that of the at-fault driver, to ensure that your expenses are covered. However, you may find that your medical bills and lost wages exceed the amount of compensation offered by the insurance company. Although you can attempt to negotiate with the insurance company on your own, an experienced personal injury attorney can be extremely helpful. Not only can your attorney help to negotiate with the insurance company, he or she will also be ready to file a personal injury suit immediately if it becomes clear that the insurance company simply will not offer you the compensation you need.
In order to pursue a personal injury claim or, in the event of the death of a loved one, a wrongful death claim, you will need to able to prove that the other driver caused the crash, which caused your injuries or the death of your loved one. If you are partially at fault for the crash, you can still receive compensation for injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering, but it will be reduced by your degree of fault.
Wrongful death claims can include compensation for expenses related to the death, including:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Lost financial support
- Pain and suffering
Whatever compensation you are seeking, you should remember that Florida law places restrictions on the amount of time you have to file your suit if you cannot come to an agreement with the insurance company. In wrongful death claims, you have two years from the time of your loved one’s death to file the suit. For personal injury claims, however, you have up to four years from the time you were injured to file your lawsuit.
Contact Us Today for Professional Help
If you or a loved one has been involved in a head-on collision, don’t wait to contact an attorney. The West Palm Beach auto accident attorneys at Pike & Lustig, LLP can help you to build your case and get back on your feet. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.