Head-on collisions are extremely destructive, often leaving people seriously or even fatally injured. If you or a family member was involved in a head-on collision that was another party’s fault, that party may be found liable and you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Proving Liability for a Head-On Collision in Florida
All drivers have what is known as a “duty of care” to drive safely and look out for other drivers, pedestrians, and other individuals. If a driver fails to obey this legal obligation according to what would be expected of a responsible person in similar circumstances, that driver is negligent and may be held liable for damages and injuries that resulted. Your attorney will have to prove:
- The other driver had a duty of care not to harm you.
- The driver was negligent and violated that duty of care.
- That driver’s actions directly caused the injuries you suffered.
- You suffered damages.
The Driver and Other Third Parties May Be Liable
Negligent actions from another driver that caused the head-on collision may include:
- Drunk, impaired, or drowsy driving.
- Distracted driving.
- Driving the wrong way on a road.
- Unsafe passing or turns.
- Speeding or not slowing down for bad weather or visibility.
Our lawyers will also consider the possibility that a third party may be liable for the accident, such as when a construction company leaves debris in a road or posts improper signs directing traffic in the wrong direction, or when a municipality fails to properly maintain roads.
To prove another driver or party was liable, we may use tactics such as interviewing witnesses and emergency personnel who came to the scene, investigating police reports, checking on weather and road conditions, and analyzing vehicle damage, position, and skid marks at the accident scene. We may also use the services of an engineer or other professional to reconstruct the circumstances of the accident to help you prove who was at fault.
Compensation You May Receive
In a successful head-on collision lawsuit, you may receive compensation for both loss of property and physical and emotional injuries. Compensation would cover your monetary losses such as the cost of your car, medical and rehabilitation bills, and loss of income and future earning capacity. Noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and loss of ability to enjoy life may be compensated as well.
Our Attorneys Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a head-on collision in Florida, you should get help from a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
The legal team at Montero Law Center will help you get started with a free consultation. We will examine the facts, look for ways to prove another driver was responsible, discuss available options, and take the burdens off you so you can concentrate on recovery. Contact us today at (954) 767-6500 for your free consultation.