What to Expect from a Head-On Auto Accident in Ohio
If another driver’s negligence caused your injury, our Ohio injury lawyers can help
Head-on collisions typically occur when inattentive drivers drift from their lanes into oncoming traffic, or intentionally enter an oncoming traffic lane to pass slower-moving traffic ahead. While head-on collisions represent only a small percentage of accidents, they have a disproportionate fatality rate.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the chance of a fatality in a head-on collision is approximately seventy-five percent.
The Ohio head-on collision lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law are familiar with the many problems faced by survivors of fatal motor vehicle collisions. Instead of being able to focus on recovery, the victims are often set upon by insurance claims adjusters and investigators, or must deal directly with hospitals, physicians, and rehabilitation centers. Our auto accident law team is dedicated to protecting the victims’ rights and ensuring that their interests are best served.
Why is the fatality rate for head-on collisions so high?
Of all the types of auto accidents, head-on collisions are by far the most dangerous. They are also the rarest. It all has to do with physics. When two vehicles traveling 55 miles per hour apiece collide head-on, the energy of the crash is the same as if either vehicle struck a stationary object at 110 miles per hour. Cars are neither designed nor built to withstand that kind of force and can be crushed, ripped open, or torn apart by it. The energy of most head-on collisions at speed almost always causes gas tanks to rupture and explode. The drivers may be crushed or burned to death, or may die by being ejected from their vehicles and striking trees, boulders, or other stationary objects at roadside. In the few head-on collisions in which there are survivors, they often incur multiple fractures, losses of limbs, serious lacerations, and life-threatening internal injuries.
How can an Ohio auto accident attorney help me?
At the outset, if negligence is involved, it must be determined who was negligent and to what degree. Ohio uses a comparative negligence standard to determine who was “more at fault.” An Ohio car accident lawyer, bringing suit on your behalf, tries to mitigate your own contribution to the accident, if any. Negligence is a “zero-sum game” in which the less is established against you, the more is established against others.
Crandall & Pera Law’s Ohio head-on collision attorneys also know that insurance companies will extend settlement offers as early as they can to prevent their policyholders from exposure to more substantial liability risk they are likely to face at trial. While we make every effort to negotiate with insurers and defendants beforehand, we always prepare our cases for the possibility of trial, and we never hesitate to argue them before a judge and jury if necessary.
Let Crandall & Pera Law be your advocate when you are injured in a head-on collision
If you have been injured, or a loved one injured or killed in an automobile accident, let us help you prepare a case as soon as possible. Ohio’s personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date of an injury. If a suit is not brought in time, you may permanently lose any right to recover compensation for your injury and related financial losses. Qualified automobile accident lawyers in Ohio can also help by being the point of contact between you and all other parties, including other drivers’ insurance companies and claims adjusters, and by overseeing the collection and evaluation of all the medical information and investigative reports necessary for your claim.
When liability is to be shared, let one of our attorneys ensure that it is shared equitably, consistent with the facts of the case. Please call us at 1-877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a skilled head-on collision attorney. We have five Ohio law offices conveniently located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland, and Chagrin Falls.