Understanding Head-On Collisions 

A car with a damaged front endFew things are scarier than a head-on collision. When traveling at high speeds, two vehicles colliding head-on can produce a tremendous amount of force, resulting in very serious injuries and even death. According to the Institute for Highway Safety, head-on collisions accounted for 56% of all car accident fatalities in 2017. 

The lawyers at Slappey & Sadd have been representing car accident victims in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia since 1992. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should talk with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. We know how to get results and we know how to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can put your life back together. Call us today at 404-255-6677 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation to discuss your case.  

Common Causes of Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles wind up on the same side of the road and they can’t avoid each other. This could have been unintentional as a result of  slick road conditions due to precipitation or ice. It may have happened because one of the drivers was trying to avoid debris in the road. Unfortunately, most of these accidents are likely the result of negligence: 

  • Driving while drowsy
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Unsafe passing
  • Speeding

If the other driver’s negligence caused the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. 

Proving Negligence in Head-On Collisions

In order to prevail in your claim and get compensation, you will have to prove two things: 

  1. That the other driver was negligent; and 
  2. That the other driver’s negligence caused the accident that resulted in your injuries.

In legal terms, negligence is the failure to act with “the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.” 

It may be obvious to you that the other driver was negligent, but proving it is another matter. Sometimes the facts speak for themselves, but in many cases, it can be difficult to untangle exactly what happened. 

It’s fairly common that neither driver involved in the accident has a clear recollection of what happened. As a result, your case may depend heavily upon accounts from eye-witnesses. If there were no reliable eye-witnesses, you may need an engineer or other accident recreation specialist to figure out what happened in your accident.  

How a Lawyer Can Help

An experienced car accident attorney can help you with almost every aspect of your case. They can speak with the insurance companies on your behalf, collect the evidence and documentation, evaluate your claim, and negotiate a resolution. If your case can’t be settled, they can handle the court proceedings for you. Your lawyer can handle your case so that you can focus on your recovery. 

Call the Georgia Car Accident Lawyers at Slappey & Sadd 

Founded in 1992, we have decades of experience in helping injured Georgians get the compensation they deserve. From head-on collisions to rear-end accidents, we know how to prove your case so that you can get the compensation you need. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and would like to speak to one of our attorneys, call us at 404-255-6677 or reach out online to schedule a free consultation about your case.