Head-on collisions are generally considered to be the most dangerous type of accident. They are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. The drivers and passengers of the vehicles involved in frontal impact accidents are exposed to greater amounts of crash energy, and the crashes often occur at higher speeds. Head-on accidents account for only a small percentage of crashes overall, but a disproportionate share of fatal accidents.
If you have sustained serious injuries or lost a loved one in a head-on collision caused by another driver in Indiana, you need to understand your legal options. You should not be responsible for paying your medical expenses or other accident-related costs if another motorist caused your injuries. A knowledgeable Indianapolis head-on accident lawyer at Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC can review the details of your accident and discuss your options. Our attorneys are experienced, highly rated and have recovered millions of dollars for injured people just like you. Call us today for a free consultation.
Who is at Fault for Head-on Collisions?
Head-on collisions are usually the result of some type of driver error. They often occur when one driver fails to stay in the proper lane. Head-on crashes are more likely to occur on undivided rural highways in Indiana.
For example, a driver who is distracted may drift across the center line into an oncoming lane of traffic just as another vehicle approaches and cause a head-on crash.
Fatigued driving is another common cause of head-on crashes. Drowsy drivers such as commercial truck drivers who have been driving too many hours may fall asleep at the wheel and cause a head-on collision. In an accident involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle, the occupants of the lighter vehicle will almost always experience the brunt of the crash energy and more severe injuries.
A head-on accident can also occur as a result of drivers driving the wrong way on one-way roads or driving in the wrong direction on interstate highways. These head-on crashes generally are caused by drunk or impaired drivers or disoriented drivers. These crashes are more likely to occur at high speeds and at night.
Our attorneys will investigate your head-on crash and identify how the accident occurred and who should be held liable for your injuries.
Compensation Available for Head-on Accident Victims
Every head-on collision has specific contributing factors. The compensation that a head-on accident victim may recover will be determined by the specific details of the crash, the severity of the injuries and insurance policies available to pay for losses. If you have been in a head-on crash, you may be unable to work for a lengthy period of time or have suffered disabling injuries.
Some examples of the kinds of compensation you may be entitled to claim after a head-on crash caused by another driver include:
- Coverage of all doctor and hospital bills, physical therapy and rehabilitation, including the cost of future medical care related to the injury;
- Lost income and reduced future earning capacity related to the head-on collision;
- Compensation for the pain and suffering and diminished enjoyment of life;
- The cost to replace your totaled vehicle, including payment for a rental car;
- If the vehicle is repaired, the loss in value of that vehicle.
At the same time, your loved one’s death should not cause added financial hardship for the surviving family members.
If a head-on accident caused fatal injuries to your loved one, we recognize that no amount of money will adequately compensate you for the shocking loss of a loved one. But after a loved one’s death, you may be confronting funeral expenses, unpaid medical bills and loss of income if your loved one helped support the household. You may experience financial hardship as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver may help provide compensation to pay for your family’s losses including intangible losses such as loss of love and companionship.
Indiana law defines the circumstances that constitute a wrongful death and who is entitled to collect monetary damages through a wrongful death claim.
Our compassionate Indianapolis attorneys at Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC have experience handling wrongful death claims. We can help you work through the legal issues, deal with the insurance companies and give you the space to mourn your loss.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney?
Our attorneys at Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC have extensive experience handling car accidents and truck accidents involving serious injuries. Our legal team is committed to helping injury victims seek full compensation to rebuild their lives. Our lawyers are both skilled negotiators and aggressive litigators whose results speak for themselves.
If we represent you, our legal team will perform a comprehensive investigation of the head-on accident to identify all the contributing factors and all the potentially responsible parties.
We will closely examine all the insurance policies carried by the at-fault drivers. If we can access multiple insurance policies, it has the potential to increase the amount of coverage available to compensate you.
Our attorneys take care of all dealings with insurance adjusters and insurance lawyers. We typically resolve injury claims without a trial. But our attorneys will be prepared to seek justice in court if the insurance company refuses to agree to a fair settlement.
Contact an Experienced Indianapolis Head-on Crash Attorney
At Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC, we are available to review the details of your head-on crash and explain your legal options during a no-obligation consultation. If you’ve been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a head-on crash in Indianapolis, we can take on the insurance companies to demand just compensation for your losses. We handle broadside accident injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay any legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you through an insurance settlement or jury verdict.
Contact an Indianapolis head-on accident lawyer Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC online. We serve clients in Batesville, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Anderson, Muncie and Lafayette, Indiana. We will schedule a consultation at an office location convenient to you. Indiana law only allows a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit after a head-on accident, so contact a lawyer as soon as possible.