There aren’t many accidents that result in as many fatalities or serious injuries as head-on collisions in Tampa. Due to the nature of these accidents and the speed they happen, the forces involved are immense. If two cars are only traveling at 30MP, a head-on crash will still be severe as the force of impact is closer to 60MPH.
If you or a loved one have suffered due to a head-on-collision accident in Tampa, you should find a law firm skilled in Tampa and Florida law. The Law Place has Tampa accident attorneys with over 75 years of collective experience ready to help with your case. Our phone lines are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Just call us on (941) 444-4444 for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Head-On Collisions
With data from the Insurance Information Institute (III), we can see that around 10% of all car accidents are head-on collisions. They also happen a lot more regularly in rural areas. In a Tampa, head-on collisions can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common:
- Ignoring stop signs or red lights.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Driving under the influence of drugs.
- Speeding and losing control.
- Falling asleep at the wheel or making drowsy decisions.
- Driving while distracted by mobile phones or eating.
- Driving down one-way roads.
In almost all of these cases, the other party could be found negligent for their actions. This means they are liable to pay for any damages they have caused you due to their negligence.
Factors Involved in Head-On Collisions in Tampa
The level of injuries that occur after a head-on-collision can depend on the following:
- The size of each vehicle.
- The weight of each vehicle.
- The speed traveled by each vehicle.
- The level of safety features of the vehicle.
- Whether or not the head-on car accident resulted in a second collision.
Obviously, the larger the vehicle and the more weight behind it, and the faster the vehicles travel, the worse the injuries usually. These are the most common injuries we see as a result of head-on-collision cases.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal injuries
- Internal organ damage.
- Broken bones in the face and mouth.
- Lacerations resulting in permanent disfigurement.
- Fractured limbs.
Who Has a Duty of Care?
In Tampa and the state of Florida, you have a presumed duty of care to all other road users whenever you get in a vehicle. This means you are expected to drive in a reasonable and safe manner. This means you ensure the safety of other road users.
If the other driver has breached this duty of care and is negligent, and this negligence has led to a head-on-collision, then you could be entitled to seek compensation for the accident.
Even if the accident has happened due to your error or negligence, you can still claim some damages from your insurance company. This is because Florida is a no-fault state. This means that you deal with your own insurance company first in the case of an accident.
If you were to be found liable for a head-on collision, you should expect to pay for damages like medical bills, loss of earnings and pain and suffering damages. If the accident leads to a fatality, you could be found liable for funeral expenses.
What Will The Law Place do For Me?
With around 90% of cases involving a personal injury lawyer leading to some kind of payout and an average of 60% more received by those who use a personal injury lawyer, it makes sense to hire one. The payout and success level varies case by case, but having an attorney on your side will significantly improve your chances.
When you get in touch with the law place for a free consultation, we will offer free, unbiased, and honest advice on where we think you stand in terms of a claim. You can do what you want with this advice, its free and has no strings attached.
If you then decide you do want representation, we can arrange a more formal, serious meeting. During this meeting, we can layout our fee structure in a clear manner and get more details about your accident. At this point, you can sign on the dotted line and then put your feet up. From this point on, we will do everything we can for you.
This means we will collect your evidence and do your paperwork. We will speak to witnesses and police officers as well as first responders. We will also deal with all correspondence with both insurance companies. We will find witnesses or reconstructors, and we will build a strong case for you.
We will use this strong case to give us an idea of what your claim is worth. We can then send this in a demand letter to the other party. If they accept and offer a settlement you are happy with, we can close the case, you get your money, and we take our fee.
If their offer is unacceptable to you or they refuse the claim entirely, we will use the case we have built for you to take them to court and convince the court that you deserve what we are asking for.
It is worth bearing in mind that all insurance companies will try to use underhanded tactics to lower their payout. They have legal teams and employees trained to trick you. They might call up and offer a quick and easy settlement with a friendly employee on the phone to convince you to accept easily and early. They will do this without consulting with your attorney in an attempt to lower their payout. You should always refuse these offers and explain that you want all correspondence to be done through your lawyer.
They may also try and record your call and use loaded questions to get you to slip up and admit some fault or liability. Always refuse to be recorded and, if possible, avoid speaking to the insurance companies altogether. They are always out for their company’s best interests and not yours – they are a business after all!
Following head-on collisions in Tampa, the majority of cases will end in settlement. However, in the eventuality that your case does go to court, The Law Place will have already put in all the work and have evidence ready to fight your corner and help you to get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Contact Us at The Law Place
Head-on-collisions can be nasty affairs. Due to the speed and power of these types of collisions, injuries and damages can be high. This makes it essential that you have a skilled Tampa accident lawyer representing you from early on.
Here at The Law Place, we have dealt with cases just like yours in Tampa and across Florida for over 75 years combined. We are open 24 hours a day, so that you can speak to us when you need us most. Just call us on (941) 444-4444.