Head-on collisions are some of the most deadly types of auto accidents on the road today. When two vehicles collide at a medium to high speed from opposite directions, the impact of the two moving vehicles making contact with each other can seriously jolt the drivers and passengers. Drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts are especially vulnerable to serious injury from head-on crashes. But even if you are wearing your seat belt, your body could still be thrown tremendously–depending on the speed of the oncoming vehicle upon impact. If you or someone you know has been injured in a head-on crash, it is important to speak with an experienced Chicago car accident attorney with the expertise and resources to hold the responsible parties accountable and obtain full compensation for your injuries.
Determining Fault in a Head-On Collision
Proving negligence in a head-on crash can be challenging at times, even when one vehicle clearly leaves its lane and causes the crash. There are a number of factors that can make it difficult to prove, including:
- Serious Injuries that Impair the Recall of the Incident: It is not uncommon in head-on collisions for those involved to be knocked unconscious and suffer serious head injuries. When this occurs, the drivers and/or passengers may not be able to remember what really happened.
- Vehicle Positioning after the Crash: When two vehicles collide at high speeds, they will likely end up in a far different position than they were in when the crash occurred.
- No Witnesses: If the crash occurs in a remote area, it is possible that there will be no other witnesses to back up the true account of what happened.
Insurance companies will use these and other factors to try to limit their liability in the case. To overcome their arguments, a thorough investigation must be conducted to get to the bottom of what really happened and ensure that the responsible party is held liable for damages.
At Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C., we have been representing victims of head-on crashes in Chicago, Cook County and throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Our team investigates these crashes for our clients, using all legal means at our disposal to prove negligence and aggressively pursue the responsible party and their insurer for full compensation. If you have been injured or someone close to you has been injured or killed by a reckless driver causing a head-on crash, contact a Chicago car collision lawyer at HM&M today for a free consultation.