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Head On Collisions

Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers

The Indiana car accident lawyers at Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse LLP have vast experience representing victims seriously injured in head-on collisions. Since 1899, we have established a reputation for excellence, and have concentrated our work over the past four decades on personal injury law. At Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse LLP, you are not just another number. Your interests are our priority in the process to recover the compensation you deserve.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions occur when the front ends of two vehicles come into contact, or when the front of a vehicle hits a stationary object. These accidents may occur for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Skidding brakes
  • Speeding, racing
  • Use of wrong lane
  • Median crossovers
  • Freeway entry/exit
  • 180-degree rotation
  • Unprotected left turn
  • Blocked intersections
  • Two-lane road/highway
  • Veering away from object
  • Unlawful passing, overtake

When the front fenders collide, important vehicle parts like the engine and fluid systems may be affected. The impact of a moving car on a less-protected vehicle or body can be fatal.

Head-On Collision Causes

Like most accidents, head-on collisions are usually caused by negligence. Negligence describes any unintentional or careless behavior endangering others on the road. In head-on collisions, reckless operation of a vehicle may involve:

  • Blind spots
  • Intoxication
  • Road hazards
  • Driver fatigue
  • Defective parts
  • Talking, texting
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Moving violations
  • Vehicle malfunction
  • Lack of warning signs

These contributing factors can lead to a breach of the legal duty to exercise reasonable care that all drivers owe to other people. Indiana law holds negligent motorists liable for head-on collisions caused by their conduct. Liability requires that at-fault parties and insurers compensate victims injured in collisions.

Head-On Collision Consequences

In head-on crashes, the direct transfer of energy between two moving vehicles, or one car and a stationary object, causes extensive damage. The most important and dangerous vehicle parts are typically located at the front. As a result, in addition to expensive repairs, victims may suffer:

  • Lacerations
  • Severe burns
  • Broken teeth
  • Scars, bruises
  • Punctured lung
  • Fractured bones
  • Head, neck injury
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis, quadriplegia
  • Permanent disfigurement

The cost of repairs, a replacement vehicle, property loss, medical expenses, missed work, and related mental anguish should not be borne by the innocent victim. A personal injury claim allows the harmed party to recover these and other expenses from those at fault. If the head-on collision caused a fatality, surviving family members are additionally entitled to wrongful death damages.

Product and Premises Liability

Head-on collisions may occur because of a vehicle defect. A flawed model, construction, or design puts unknowing consumers at risk. If a defective car or part leaves a factory, warehouse, or dealership and later causes an accident, the manufacturer and vendor may be liable. This is known as product liability. Consumers injured because of a flawed product are entitled to damages without showing negligence.

Broken lights, unmarked intersections, and road or construction hazards are dangerous conditions of property. The owner or party in control of the property is liable for head-on collisions caused by these dangers. In premises liability, injured parties may recover compensation from property owners, managers, and even municipalities that knew or should have known of the condition.

Experienced Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys

If you were injured in a head-on collision, contact the Indiana personal injury attorneys at Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse LLP today. With over 75 years of combined legal experience, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you prevail.

Call 888-532-7766 for a free consultation or contact us online.