St. Petersburg Head-On Collision Accident & Injury Lawyers
Head-on collisions are one of the most dangerous crashes on our roadways. When both vehicles are moving forward and collide, the force of the impact is multiplied. High-speed, head-on collisions often cause severe injury or death. Negligent or reckless driving is often to blame in a head-on collision as one driver crosses into the other lane. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact the Bulluck Law Group today, your St. Petersburg head-on collision accident & injury lawyer experts. Our award-winning legal team will help determine fault and work to recover damages.
What Are Common Causes of Head-On Collisions in Florida?
Head-on collisions are one of the least common types of accidents but rate as one of the most dangerous. Rural and neighborhood roadways without medians typically see higher rates of head-on collisions. Lower speed collisions can still cause significant injury or death to passengers in both cars. Collisions can occur for many reasons, the most common include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Reckless driving
- Inclement weather
- Fatigued driving
Sometimes, there are multiple factors contributing to a head-on collision. Police reports and investigations by strong legal teams can determine causes.
What Are Common Head-On Collision Injuries?
Head-on collision accidents are often severe because they can easily affect the head, neck, and spinal cord. Whiplash is a common injury, as the head and neck continue to move forward and are whipped back into place after impact. Some whiplash symptoms may not appear immediately, which is why immediate medical care is always advised.
Other head and neck injuries include traumatic brain injury, concussions, torn or strained neck muscles. Air bags have done a lot to reduce head trauma risk, but brain injury and skull fractures are unfortunately still common in head-on collisions.
Abdominal injuries are another significant concern after a head-on crash. Seatbelts and steering wheel impact can perforate internal organs, causing bleeding or organ failure.
Chest injury is also common from the force of the seatbelt. The human body has a difficult time maintaining its form at high speeds, resulting in broken ribs or perforated lungs. Seat belts and steering wheels are typically to blame for a serious chest injury.
Other common injuries occurring from head-on collisions include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal bleeding
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
What If I’m in a Head-On Accident?
Unfortunately, if you’re in a head-on collision, you will likely need immediate medical attention. Most injuries must be treated as soon as the ambulance arrives. If you do not have an emergency medical condition, stay at the scene to collect evidence. Some drivers don’t take this step if they believe they are to blame. Regardless of who you believe is to blame, stay at the scene to collect information. After an accident, you should:
- Stay at the scene
- Call the police if no one else has
- Take photographs of the accident scene
- Photograph weather and road conditions
- Trade personal and insurance information with the other driver
- Ask for a statement and personal information from witnesses
- Take note of any admissions of guilt or other comments
- Do not say anything, except to the police at the scene
- Seek a medical evaluation
If the accident did not cause you severe injuries, you will still need to see a doctor for a medical evaluation. Keep all medical treatment records, including x-rays and tests you receive. If the accident results in a serious injury requiring emergency care, try to collect as much information as possible from the list above when released from the hospital. The more information you obtain at this point, the stronger your claim will be. Call us as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. We can provide you with further legal guidance, to ensure you are not taken advantage of by third parties.
What Should I Not Do After a Head-On Collision?
Do not provide statements to anyone other than the police without first contacting our firm. Insurance companies will contact you after the accident to obtain a recorded official statement – do not agree to this. Driven by profit, insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. Agents and legal teams will work to deny your claim, paying as little compensation as possible.
After the accident, talk to the other driver with caution. Even casual conversation can be twisted or misconstrued, damaging your future case. If the other driver calls you to talk about the accident, politely decline the phone call. Work only through our legal team, do not attempt mediation on your own.
How Can I Prove the Other Driver Caused My Accident?
The police reports, witnesses, and our investigative teams will determine which driver is at fault. Often, police at the scene make the best determinations for the cause of the crash. If one driver’s car is in the other’s lane, the fault will be obvious. Cars that spun or rolled can make the scene more difficult to evaluate. The police report will provide an official account of the accident, so be sure you receive a copy once it has been filed at the police station.
What Is the Process for Filing Claim Against the Other Driver?
Once the fault has been established by the proper professionals, the claims process can begin. We will work with insurance companies to negotiate a settlement. Our lawyers are highly skilled in negotiation tactics with insurance companies. We understand the amount of compensation a victim should receive for his or her injuries, and we will fight for it. If a settlement can’t be reached or an insurance company refuses to negotiate with us, we will file suit in the local court system. Going to court will prolong the process but can be beneficial in the long run.
What Compensation Can I Receive After a Head-On Collision?
When the other driver is at fault, you are entitled to monetary compensation to cover medical bills and other losses. No two cases are exactly alike, but here are some common types of damages we have recovered for our clients:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Prescription drug costs
- Physical therapy
- Mental healthcare costs
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death claim, if applicable
Should I Settle with an Insurance Company?
It’s unwise to settle with an insurance company on your own. Never settle with an insurance company or the other driver without our support. Insurance companies will work to minimize damages and injuries, underestimating compensation you deserve. Our personal injury lawyers work with insurance companies daily and understand the intricate process of negotiation. We will settle with the insurance company for the amount you deserve, or we will take it to court. We never back down from trials are known for our tenacity in the courtroom.
Bulluck Law Group Personal Injury and Head-On Collision Lawyers
Our St. Petersburg-based lawyers are familiar with the local court system, judges, and filing processes. We will work with you from day one to gather information to successfully represent your case. Our legal team is one of the best in the country, rating in America’s Top 100 Attorneys.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision, call us for the best representation possible. Our award-winning team will uphold your rights and work every day to recover damages to help you rebuild your life. Call us today at (813) 988-7800 for your free consultation.