Head-On Florida Car Accidents
Florida head-on collisions, of all Florida car accidents, have the greatest risk of fatalities. In this type of accident, the front of two cars collide. Often, this happens when one vehicle drifts into oncoming traffic or otherwise heads into oncoming traffic. High-speed head-on car accidents have a high risk of fatalities, but at every speed this type of accident can cause serious injuries. These types of accidents can cause brain injuries, burn injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and other potentially serious injuries.
The risk with a Florida head-on car accident is that the impact of two cars colliding front-face is significant. Even at lower speeds, metal and glass will usually go flying, causing injuries. As well, with a head-on collision, the cars impact at full force, instead of glancing off each other, which is more common with a side-swipe accident. The impact of a head-on collision usually causes the driver and passenger to be thrown forward into the windshield or dashboard. If safety belts are not worn or if air bags fail to inflate, the likely result is serious brain injuries. Even if safety devices such as airbags inflate, striking an airbag can still cause injuries to the face.
Statistics suggest that US head-on car accidents make up only 2% of all accident, but account for over 10% of fatal accidents. These accidents can be caused by a driver losing control or driving inebriated or tired.
If you have been injured in a Florida head-on accident, you will likely face significant medical costs as well as lost income. Your first step should be to contact a qualified attorney to help you with your case. This is especially the case if you have sustained a Florida spinal cord injury, brain injury, or other serious injury that may be permanent. A good attorney can:
1) Investigate your accident to determine what took place during your accident.
2) Gather evidence that can help you in court or in negotiations with your insurance company.
3) Help you with immediate concerns, such as getting a rental car, arranging for medical care, and taking care of the other details that will become important after your accident.
4) Determine who is liable for your injuries.
5) Work with experts to determine your future medical costs, current injury costs, and the total costs of your accident.
6) Work to get you a fair settlement that pays for most of the costs of your injury.
7) Find eyewitness and expert witness testimony on your behalf.
Take care of all the details of your case, so that you can focus on healing.
9) Keep you informed of the progress of your case.