Head-on collisions are some of the deadliest types of car accidents, according to a study on factors related to fatal injury frontal crashes involving European cars published by the
Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. Two cars traveling in opposite directions and then colliding pose a great risk of severe injury for all occupants.
When head-on collisions do happen, the result is predictably grim. According to highway safety facts and statistics from the Insurance Information Institute, there were 3,471 head-on collisions in 2017. Out of those accidents, there were about 350 deaths. The number of fatalities in head-on collisions is disproportionately higher when compared to other types of accidents.
If you or a loved one were involved in a front-end crash, you may have sustained serious injuries. You may be entitled to pursue compensation for losses related to the accident. Call an Elgin head-on collision lawyer at The Kryder Law Group, LLC today for a free consultation about your case.
What Causes Head-On Collisions
According to the report on critical reasons for crashes investigated in the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of all collisions are the result of human error. With these statistics in mind, it is likely that some form of negligence by the other driver caused your accident.
Some specific behaviors and actions associated with driver error in a car accident include:
- Taking eyes off the road to engage in any other activity
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving too aggressively in dangerous driving conditions
- Passing a vehicle in a way that is risky or out of control
- Not taking proper precautions in dangerous roadway conditions, such as rain or snow
- Poor judgment or inexperience
When you work with The Kryder Law Group, LLC, our attorneys’ top priority will be to determine how your head-on accident happened and assign liability. Your top priority will be to recover from your injuries.
An Frond-End Collisions Lawyer Will Aim to Prove Negligence
A skilled attorney in Elgin will be able to take on your legal burdens if you or a loved one has been involved in a head-on collision. They may start by collecting the details of your case and determining what action, precisely, caused you to be involved in a head-on collision. Once your legal team determines how the other driver caused the accident, they must prove the presence of negligence in your collision.
This process includes:
Establishing Duty of Care
This duty of care binds motorists to drive in a way that does not put others at an unreasonable risk of harm. Anytime a driver gets behind the wheel of any vehicle, they are undertaking this obligation.
Proving That the Duty of Care was Violated
Undertaking any careless or reckless behavior that poses a threat to others qualifies as breaching a duty of care. In your situation, whether the other motorist was drunk, distracted, or otherwise, proves that they violated their obligation to not cause harm to others.
Linking the Accident to Your Injuries
Your legal team will need to demonstrate that because of the negligent driver’s actions, your accident was caused.
You have likely incurred various expenses and losses as a result of your accident. We can prove this by calculating the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses. You must have suffered some form of tangible losses to have your case be successful.
Proving negligence is a central element of your lawyer’s duties, but it is not the only service a lawyer can provide. Call our team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC today to learn more about how we may assist you.
Your Lawyer Can Build a Case for Financial Recovery
In order to secure compensation, a lawyer performs several tasks.
In your situation, these services may include:
- Filing your case to the appropriate offices, whether that be an insurance company or the court system
- Handling all communications with the at-fault party and their insurers
- Gathering currently available evidence in your case, from police reports to witness testimony
- Consulting with field experts, including medical professionals and accident reconstruction specialists to provide more insight into your collision
- Advising you through settlement negotiations or a trial, depending on the course your case takes
- Serving as your legal advocate
The Kryder Law Group, LLC, can mold our legal services to meet the needs of your head-on crash case. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us today.
Compensation in a Successful Case
Our team understands that the losses following an accident do not come cheap. Not only are you likely recovering from your injuries, but you may also be wondering how you will be able to make ends meet.
If your case is successful, whether that be in or out of court, you may be able to secure coverage for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Childcare costs
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
You may be able to recover compensation for items that we have not listed here.
You Must Act Within the State’s Statute of Limitations
After an accident, you do not have an unlimited amount of time to pursue compensation. Illinois’s Code of Civil Procedure allows two years from the date of your collision to move forward with a civil action. If you do not act within this period, you will likely be unable to seek financial recovery. An Elgin head-on collisions lawyer from The Kryder Law Group, LLC can explain what this may mean for your case. You may have an extended window of action, depending on the details of your situation.
Call Our Elgin Head-On Collision Attorneys at The Kryder Law Group, LLC Today
Retaining an Elgin head-on collision lawyer could be the best thing you od for your case. It is our mission to provide effective representation while treating you like family.
Call us at to speak at no cost about your opportunity to pursue compensation. Do not wait. Call today.