When vehicles strike each other head-on, there is a very strong likelihood that the people involved will suffer significant injuries, especially if either vehicle is traveling at a high speed. These types of accidents can be caused by drivers who are too intoxicated to notice that they have veered into oncoming traffic, or even a driver just distracted by his or her phone. Victims injured in head-on collisions often need considerable medical treatment and time away from work to focus on their recovery. These healing efforts are also accompanied by financial hardships as costs accrue. Queens car accident attorney Marc S. Albert helps victims injured by negligent drivers recover the compensation that they are entitled to obtain following a serious head-on collision. He has zealously represented victims for over two decades, securing millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients. If you have been injured in a head-on collision, Marc S. Albert is available to discuss your legal options.Dangerous Head-On Collisions in New York
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reported approximately 300,000 car accidents occurring statewide in 2014. Among those accidents, more than 100,000 led to injuries for passengers, drivers, or others, and almost 1,000 resulted in a fatality. Although they are not as common as some other types of accidents, head-on collisions are among the most dangerous. These collisions occur when the front of one vehicle hits the front of another vehicle. Head-on collisions may lead to catastrophic injuries, like head trauma and paralysis, because of the force created when two moving vehicles, which usually do not have time to slow, strike each other. Many head-on collisions result from a vehicle swerving into the wrong lane into oncoming traffic or crossing a center line or median. These severe accidents can be caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted drivers, or people too fatigued to be behind the wheel. When a reckless or negligent driver causes another person’s injuries, he or she should be held legally accountable for the harm that results.Legal Responsibility for Head-On Collision Injuries
Personal injury cases are potential options for victims who have been injured by another party’s negligence in a head-on collision. These claims require a showing that the defendant has breached an owed duty of reasonable care to a plaintiff, leading to his or her injuries and resulting in damages. For example, if a driver fails to look up from his or her phone and veers into opposite-facing traffic, striking another car, he or she has breached the duty to other motorists to act reasonably on the road. Victims injured by a negligent driver may be awarded compensation for their past and future medical costs, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and, in some cases, pain and suffering damages.
If a victim has lost his or her life in a head-on collision, the estate’s personal representative may file a wrongful death lawsuit on the victim’s behalf. In New York, personal injury cases must be filed within three years from the date of a victim’s injury, while wrongful death plaintiffs have two years in which to pursue action. Timing is important in either claim, since evidence needs to be gathered and analyzed in the aftermath of a car accident. If you have been injured in a head-on collision, contacting an attorney who can focus on the legal dealings while you focus on your recovery is vital to preserving your rights.Consult a Knowledgeable Car Accident Lawyer in Queens
Head-on collisions can occur between two cars, trucks, or motorcycles, all of which can cause significant injuries to the victims involved. People who are responsible for causing harm to others should be held legally liable. Queens lawyer Marc S. Albert offers compassionate and experienced legal representation to victims injured by the negligence of others. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert assists clients throughout New York City and Long Island from offices in Astoria and Syosset. If you have questions regarding your legal rights and options after a head-on collision, contact our office today online or at 855-252-3788 to learn more about our services.