Irvine Head-On Collision Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been involved in a head on collision the following is what you need to know before calling and scheduling a consultation with an Irvine car accident lawyer. Call today to discuss your case and learn more.

Injuries Most Often Sustained in Head-On Collisions

Depending upon the speed of the vehicles, the most typical injuries sustained by victims in head-on collision accidents include:

  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), including concussions
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Serious spinal trauma
  • Injuries to soft tissues and internal organs

Of chief concern among these injuries are what we call a traumatic brain injury, which could affect the victim’s memory temporarily, or result in other more permanent cognitive impairment. Not only are traumatic brain injuries sometimes difficult to diagnose, but they can have a huge impact on quality of life.

Receiving Medical Care in Head-On Collision Cases

If the injured victim has sustained a head injury, a lot of times, it may not be immediately apparent as to what the residual injury will include. For example, the individual may be dazed and have a concussion, and doctors may not be able to determine the full extent of the injury for days or weeks. In some situations clients do for a month or more the ultimate extent of the cognitive impairment or how this has impacted their ability to recall events or engage in normal activities or work.

If you see the doctor in the emergency room and he or she diagnoses a concussion or a traumatic brain injury, then it is imperative that you follow up with your family doctor, and then probably with a neurologist and/or an orthopedic surgeon depending upon the nature and extent of the injury. Head injuries are extremely serious.

Investigating Head-On Collisions

The immediate steps that an attorney will take upon being retained will be to establish liability by collecting the evidence and looking at the facts and interviewing witnesses. Reviewing the initial injuries is also important, followed by a thorough accounting of the medical bills incurred.

After making contact with the adverse driver’s insurance company, a claim file is performed. The case can then proceed differently depending upon a number of factors, including the nature and extent of the injuries, how long the individual needs treatment or follow up surgeries, and whether the case needs to proceed to litigation to get the best results for the injured client.

Establishing Fault in Head-On Collision Cases

In head-on collision cases, fault or responsibility would be established by the investigation that is performed. If the adverse driver was driving at you from the opposite direction, and if this can be established by the physical evidence of the collision, then fault can be established.

When investigators assess the crash scene and analyze debris or parts of the vehicle that may have come loose in the collision, as well as evidence such as skid marks or tire tracks leading off the road, it can be determined which vehicle was in the correct lane of travel. Generally, the evidence demonstrates that the individual driving from the other direction crossed over the center divider and violated the victim’s right of way and hit his vehicle head-on.

The severity and extent of the damages that can occur in head-on collision cases can not be overstated. In most cases, we have seen victims incur in excess of $100,000 in medical expenses alone, which is why it’s vital that you work with an Irvine head-on collision lawyer as soon as possible.