Head On Collision
Of all types of roadway accidents, head on collisions tend to produce the most severe injuries and damage. A head on crash generally occurs when a vehicle inadvertently crosses a median or centerline and collides with an oncoming vehicle. Involved motorists and their passengers seldom walk away unscathed, given the immense force of impact that can twist steel, shatter windshields and crumple passenger compartments.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that while head on collisions comprise just 2% of all accidents on our nation’s roads, they are some of the most dangerous– accounting for 10% of all traffic fatalities.
Those who are fortunate enough to survive a head on crash are frequently saddled with incapacitating injuries that require costly medical care and years of intensive rehabilitation. Traumatic brain injury, broken bones, paralysis, loss of limbs, burns and orthopedic injuries are not uncommon and can seriously diminish a victim’s quality and enjoyment of life.
In addition to causing grave physical harm, head on collisions may also result in long-term psychological injuries – most notably post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The American Psychological Association states that vehicle accidents are one of the top causes of PTSD in the U.S., a disorder marked by anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances and difficulties with memory and concentration.
Were you injured in a head on car crash?
If you were seriously hurt or lost a family member in a head on collision, the veteran car accident lawyers at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman offer complimentary consultations throughout Rockland County and Bergen County. Speak with a knowledgeable head on collision attorney at our firm to learn about your rights to compensation. Our legal team has secured dozens of high dollar verdicts and settlements for victims of vehicle accidents, and leverage a combined 45 years of experience litigating complex personal injury claims throughout New York and Northern New Jersey. We have the resources and legal acumen to fight for what is rightfully yours and maximize the value of your case.
When negligence or the reckless actions of another party is to blame for your injuries, our attorneys will work tirelessly to recover money damages for all past and future medical and hospital expenses, lost wages and decreased earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, as well as loss of consortium.
Head on collision causes
What is a major cause of fatal head-on crashes? Wrong-way driving, alcohol impairment and drowsy driving are among the top causes of deadly collisions, according to federal statistics. Other causes of head on car crashes include:
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Executing a careless passing maneuver
- Distracted driving such as texting or talking on a cell phone
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Traveling too fast for conditions causing loss of vehicle control
- Failing to obey road signs and signals
- Failing to adjust driving behavior to account for inclement weather or poor visibility
- Loss of control due to road defects or hazards
- Brake problems or vehicle malfunction
At the law offices of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., we take a personalized approach to every car accident claim, and offer compassionate, dedicated representation to clients who are understandably overwhelmed and confused. From initial consultation through mediation or trial, our attorneys are here to answer your questions and help you move on with your life.
Pursuing a head on collision lawsuit
In order to win compensation in a head on collision lawsuit, plaintiffs must prove which party or entities were at fault for the accident. New Jersey employs a modified comparative fault system for assessing legal liability, meaning that claimants can still recover monetary damages if the defendant was more than 50 percent at fault for the crash.
When you partner with Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, our attorneys will launch a thorough investigation, interview witnesses, gather photographic and physical evidence from the crash scene, and enlist the assistance of an expert accident reconstructionist to build a strong and compelling case.
We are fully equipped to take on well-heeled defendants, their attorneys and insurance adjusters, making sure clients get very penny they deserve. Our firm also retains medical experts who can accurately evaluate the full extent of injuries and anticipated losses, which will factor in to an out-of-court settlement or jury award.
Head on collision lawyers serving NY and NJ
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman attorneys have a keen understanding of insurance and auto accident statutes in New York and New Jersey and can determine if you have a successful claim for damages. Since 1975, our firm has helped countless families in the aftermath of life-altering collisions, helping them collect the compensation needed to care for a seriously injured loved one. There are strict time limits for filing a personal injury claim in NJ and NY. Don’t delay in seeking a qualified Bergen County and Rockland County car accident attorney who can advocate on your behalf. Explore your rights by scheduling a no-obligation case review with Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. today.
Additional “Head on Collision” Resources:
- NHTSA, Traffic Safety Performance (Core Outcome) Measures For New York and New Jersey https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/SASStoredProcess/guest
- Safety Transportation, Head-On Collisions http://safety.transportation.org/htmlguides/HOcrashes/exec_sum.htm