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North & South Carolina Head-On Collision Attorney

North & South Carolina Head-On Collision Attorney

A blue car with a smashed front endWe Help People Injured in Serious Car Accidents Recover Compensation for their Injuries

Head-on collisions are among the most serious accidents that occur on Carolina roadways. They can result in extremely serious injuries that can leave victims unable to work or care for themselves, often for the rest of their lives. Even in less serious cases, people who are hurt in head-on accidents are often left with significant accident-related expenses and are unable to earn an income for a significant period of time.

At Bice Law, we are committed to helping car accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. We know how to hold negligent drivers accountable and are never afraid to take a case to trial if justice demands it. To schedule a free case evaluation with an auto accident attorney serving North & South Carolina, call our office today or send us an email through our online contact form.

Head-On Collisions Are Usually the Result of Driver Negligence

Traffic laws exist to keep us safe and are designed to maintain an orderly flow of traffic. If the rules are followed, accidents shouldn’t happen – especially those involving two vehicles slamming into each other head-on. As a result of the fact that these accidents don’t typically occur in the absence of driver negligence, at least one party is usually able to recover compensation for their accident-related losses after a head-on collision. Some examples of driver negligence that can lead to head-on collisions include the following:

  • Crossing over a double yellow line
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Entering on a highway exit ramp
  • Ignoring poor weather conditions
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to use headlights at night

Some Head-On Collisions Have Nothing to Do with the Drivers Involved

Sometimes, head-on collisions occur when drivers lose control of their vehicles through no fault of their own or because they were unable to avoid an accident due to poor road design or maintenance. When this occurs, victims may be able to recover compensation from the party whose negligence caused the accident, such as the manufacturer of the vehicle or the government agency or private party responsible for the maintenance of the road on which the accident took place. Importantly, if you are asserting a claim against a public agency like the Department of Transportation, your claim must be brought within a very short period of time. For this reason, it’s critical that accident victims talk to an attorney as soon as they can after a wreck.

Head-On Collisions Can Cause Extremely Serious Injuries

When two vehicles collide head-on, vehicle occupants can be thrown forward with tremendous force. This can cause them to slam directly into the steering wheel, windshield, dashboard, or anything else that may be in front of them. In some cases, occupants can even be ejected from the vehicle completely. Not surprisingly, head-on collisions can leave victims with extremely serious injuries, including the following:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries – Traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result of a blow to the head or when the head snaps forward and backward on the neck with sufficient force to cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull. In serious cases, TBI victims can develop long-term problems with speech, mobility, or comprehension that can affect their ability to work or live independently.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries – Head-on collisions have the potential to cause spinal cord injuries, which can leave victims permanently paralyzed below the site of the injury. Even when they are not permanently paralyzed, they can develop issues like decreased range of motion, chronic pain, muscle weakness, or loss of sensation or various parts of the body.
  • Severe Soft Tissue Injuries – Many head-on collisions result in serious soft tissue injuries like severe lacerations, contusions, puncture wounds, sprains, and strains. When these are serious, they have the potential to result in issues like permanent scarring, disfigurement, and chronic pain.
  • Facial Injuries – In head-on accidents, vehicle occupants can slam face-first into whatever is in front of them and sustain serious facial injuries. These injuries have the potential to permanently alter a person’s appearance and often require plastic surgery to correct.

If You Have Been Involved in a Head-On Collision, You Need to Protect Your Legal Rights

There are certain things that head-on crash victims should do to protect their legal rights. Of course, only do any of these if you are physically able to do so, and never refuse emergency medical treatment at the scene of an accident. Here are some of the steps you can take to protect your rights after a serious accident:

  • Collect information about your accident. Get the names of the other drivers involved and ask them for their insurance information. If there were witnesses to the accident, ask them for contact information.
  • Undergo a thorough medical evaluation and tell the doctor about any and all symptoms you may be experiencing. It’s imperative that you start treatment right away and that you develop an official medical record detailing your accident-related injuries.
  • Do not accept any settlement offers made by the insurance company or the other driver or drivers involved. Once you accept a settlement, it’s nearly impossible to go back to obtain additional compensation.
  • Do not provide the insurance company with a recorded statement. The things you say could be used to reduce your settlement or deny your claim entirely.
  • Call an attorney as soon as you can.

Call Bice Law Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a North & South Carolina Car Accident Attorney

If you have been hurt in a head-on collision or any other type of car accident, you may be legally entitled to compensation under state law. Bice Law has offices in Fort Mill, Charlotte, and Rock Hill, allowing us to serve clients throughout North & South Carolina. To schedule a free consultation with attorney Justin Bice, contact us online or call our office today at 803-639-8777 in South Carolina or 704-243-8778 in North Carolina.