Head On Collisions

Respected Car Accident Lawyers Serving Clients Throughout Southern California

While any Southern California car accident has the potential to cause serious injury or death, few accidents are as lethal as head on collisions. In part, this is because head on collisions typically occur at high speeds and, by definition, involve a direct impact. In the wake of a serious accident, it can be overwhelming to think about bringing a personal injury case. However, the knowledgeable Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Power Trial Lawyers, P.C. simplify the process while aggressively pursuing maximum compensation on your behalf. 

Common Causes of Head on Collisions

While some accidents involve a minor mistake, that isn’t the case with head on collisions. In most cases, head on accidents involve drivers acting in a negligent—or reckless—manner. Some of the most common causes of head on collisions in Southern California include the following.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving can easily result in a head on collision. For example, drunk drivers may drift out of their lane and into oncoming traffic or might enter the highway going the wrong way. Drunk drivers are also less likely to notice they are traveling in the opposite direction of traffic. 

Distract Driving

Distracted driving is another leading cause of head on collisions. If a driver looks down at their phone to send a text message or engages in any other activity that removes their attention away from the road—even for a split second—they might not notice if their vehicle crosses the median and enters oncoming traffic.  

Fatigued Driving

Drivers who doze off behind the wheel may leave their lane and cross into oncoming traffic. It doesn’t even take falling asleep to compromise a driver’s judgment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatigue has a similar impact on drivers’ ability to operate a vehicle as alcohol intoxication.  

Injuries in Southern California Head On Collisions

Many head on collisions are fatal due to the high speeds involved in these accidents. However, even those accident victims who survive often suffer debilitating injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Internal organ damage;
  • Broken bones;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Paralysis; and
  • Burns. 

What Compensation Is Available for Head On Accident Victims?

Those accident victims who successfully pursue a personal injury case against the at-fault driver can recover compensation for their economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to the out-of-pocket costs you were forced to pay as a result of the accident, for example, medical bills, future medical expenses, property damage and any modifications to a victim’s home that are necessary to accommodate their disability. Economic damages also include the money you would have made but for the accident, such as lost wages and any decrease in your ability to earn income in the future. 

Non-economic damages refer to the emotional and psychological impact that the accident had on your life. For example, pain and suffering, decreased quality of life, emotional distress and loss of consortium are all non-economic damages commonly awarded in Southern California car accident lawsuits. 

Both economic and non-economic damages are critical to an accident victim’s full recovery. However, proving non-economic damages can be challenging for a few reasons. First, establishing proof of these damages is inherently more difficult because there is no documentation of the damages. Thus, an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney must tell a compelling story regarding the victim’s life before and after the accidents, highlighting the difference. For example, what did you enjoy doing before the accident that your injuries prevent you from doing now? 

The other reason why securing a fair non-economic damages award can be tricky is that insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing non-economic damages. Again, an LA personal injury lawyer can help accident victims and their families identify the full extent of their damages, ensuring a full and fair recovery. 

Were You Injured in a Head On Collision?

If you or a loved one was recently involved in a head on collision in Southern California, reach out to Power Trial Lawyers, P.C. for immediate assistance. At Power Trial Lawyers, P.C., we have more than ten years of experience aggressively pursuing maximum compensation on behalf of our clients. Over this time, we’ve learned how to effectively present our clients’ cases to the insurance company in hopes of avoiding a long, drawn-out trial. However, because we are litigation-focused, we are always ready to scrap negotiations and head into court when the situation requires. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today, call (888) 808-2179. You can also connect with us through our online contact form. We proudly represent clients in Los Angeles County and Orange County and have conveniently located offices in Los Angeles and Newport Beach.

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