Any car accident can cause serious injuries, but head-on collisions can be devastating. These accidents are typically caused by negligence. The experienced car accident attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan can fight to hold negligent parties responsible and help you recover the financial compensation you need and deserve.
People who survive a head-on collision can suffer traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and whiplash. Recovering from these injuries can take months or even years, if they don’t result in lifelong disabilities. Fortunately, all head-on crash car accident survivors can challenge an at-fault party with help from the Indiana car accident lawyers with Vaughan & Vaughan.
Breaking Down Your Head-On Collision
In a head-on collision, the impact force is doubled as two vehicles are both in motion – sometimes at high speed – when those vehicles crash into each other. This greater force of impact can cause extreme damage to both vehicles, leaving drivers and passengers seriously injured. Many times, these injuries are fatal.
People injured in head-on collisions may need surgery, imaging tests, diagnostic tests, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, home medical equipment, home health care, and multiple follow-up visits with doctors. Medical expenses can quickly become overwhelming. Victims are often left unable to return to work, thus losing income.
The drivers who cause head-on collisions are often distracted, texting, asleep at the wheel, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. That said, some of these negligent drivers can try to avoid accepting responsibility for the crash. If you want to hold a negligent driver responsible for your losses, you need to work with an experienced legal team to prove that negligence caused your accident.
How to Bring a Head-On Crash to Civil Court
If you believe you have the means to take action against another party in the wake of a head-on crash, you can schedule a legal consultation with a personal injury attorney. During that consultation, you can discuss how driver negligence contributed to your losses and how you want to hold the at-fault driver liable for your injuries.
Specifically, you can discuss how to file a civil claim, also referred to as a complaint, to take action against the offending party. In your collision complaint, you must outline:
- The type of negligence that caused your accident
- The identity of the responsible party involved in your accident
- What evidence you have establishing your right to legal action
- The economic value of the complaint you intend to bring forward
Even if it appears that your accident resulted from some combination of road conditions, distracted driving, or even multiple drivers’ misconduct, your complaint needs to outline how those factors led to the breach of care that triggered your accident. Indiana head-on collision car accident attorneys can help you gather the evidence you need to make your claim and divide fault accordingly.
Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Can Calculate the Value of Your Case
When you bring a claim forward after a head-on collision, you can do more than name another party liable for your losses. You can also request that said liable party helps you contend with the financial strain of your recovery. County clerks specifically require you to submit information regarding the value of your losses if you want to demand damages in court.
You can calculate your possible damages with the help of an experienced attorney. The economic losses tied up in these types of accidents can include the following:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- At-home care for severe injuries
- Lost wages
- Lost opportunities to work
Once you’ve established the economic value of your head-on collision, you can modify that sum. Indiana allows you to request compensation for non-economic losses, including wrongful death, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. Make sure you discuss these non-economic losses with an attorney to calculate the total value of a fair settlement for your losses.
File Your Personal Injury Claim Within Indiana’s Statute of Limitations
Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations dictates what timeframe in which accident claims must appear on a county clerk’s desk. Specifically, Indiana Code §34-11-2-4 states that all parties interested in pursuing civil action against a liable party must do so within two years of the day of their accident.
Trying to file a complaint outside this statute of limitations can see a civil court deny you your right to fair compensation. This isn’t because the court believes your complaint to be invalid but because the statute is designed to keep the cases before Indiana judicial representatives up-to-date.
If you’re concerned that you may not be able to bring your complaint forward within the aforementioned statute, contact a head-on car accident attorney in Indiana right away. Our team can guide you through the process of establishing your claim and then bring it before the appropriate parties before your deadline expires.
Vaughan & Vaughan’s Team of Experienced Head-On Collusion Car Accident Lawyers Gets Results
Insurance companies often dispute claims involving head-on collisions. That’s because there’s often a lot of money at stake. Their main interest is keeping profits high, which is why they focus on keeping payouts low. They may challenge the extent of your injuries or even try to blame you for what happened.
That’s why you need an experienced head-on car accident attorney on your side. Our firm has been helping the injured in Indiana since 1913. We know how to build strong cases to help our clients recover compensation. And we have a strong track record of getting results through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts.
We conduct our own investigation of the crash to find out what really happened. We review police reports, medical records, and other documents. We identify and interview witnesses. And if needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts. Our firm focuses on the facts so we can build the strongest case possible.
Our Lawyers Stand Up to Insurance Adjusters
When insurance companies see that we are serious about your case, they often are willing to enter settlement negotiations. But we are not interested in making a quick settlement that helps the insurance company save money. We are only interested in a settlement that meets your needs.
The injuries suffered in head-on collisions often require lifelong medical care. Any settlement must provide compensation for both past and future medical expenses related to your injuries. We may also seek loss of income and other damages, such as pain and suffering, disability and loss of enjoyment of life.
If the insurance company doesn’t agree to a settlement that works for you, we will be ready to fight them in court, where we have won many significant awards for clients. At Vaughan & Vaughan, it’s all about the client. Our goal is to get the best possible outcome for you, no matter how long it takes.
Take Prompt Action to Protect Your Right to Legal Action After a Motor Vehicle Accident
If you’ve been hurt in a head-on collision, contact us as soon as possible. It’s important to start building a case before evidence gets lost and memories fade. Call us for a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney.
Our personal injury lawyers in Indiana can review the details of your accident and discuss your legal options for recovering financial compensation. We can also answer any questions you have. There’s no cost and no obligation. The Vaughan & Vaughan team wants you to have the information you need to decide what to do next.