Head-on collisions are one of the most frightening and dangerous types of Florida traffic accidents. Although any accident can lead to severe injuries, head-on collisions often have catastrophic consequences. These accidents are inherently more dangerous because of the direct impact involved when the cars collide, as well as the fact that head-on collisions often involve vehicles traveling at high speeds.
According to statistics released by the Florida government, the state sees almost 400,000 traffic accidents every year. Although head-on collisions make up a small portion of these accidents, nearly 10% of head-on collisions result in a fatality. Many different situations lead to these devastating accidents. The most common causes of Florida head-on collisions include situations in which:
- The driver is impaired because of illegal or legal drugs or alcohol;
- The driver is texting or talking on a mobile device;
- The driver is speeding or swerving in and out of lanes; or
- Driver error, such as ignoring traffic signals or stop signs.
Head-on collisions can lead to internal organ damage, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and even death. For example, recently, a Florida news report described a harrowing head-on collision on State Road 85. According to reports, a sedan with a driver and four passengers was traveling south when it suddenly crossed into the median, and hit another sedan. Four of the five people traveling south died, and a young child remains in critical condition. Sadly, the teenager who was driving the other car died upon impact. Florida Highway Patrol stated that the accident is still under investigation.
After Florida head-on collisions, injury victims and their families may file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault parties. In addition to the negligent driver, other liable parties may be the car’s owner, the manufacturer or retailer of a defective car part, or even a governmental entity. Plaintiffs in these cases may claim damages including medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Further, if the accident resulted in a fatality, the surviving family members may claim funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship and consortium damages, and loss of future earnings. These cases are rarely straightforward and require an experienced attorney who understands the complex nuances of Florida personal injury law.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Florida Head-on Collision?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries because of a negligent driver, contact the dedicated Florida car accident lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky. Our attorneys have a rich history of successfully representing clients in their Florida injury claims. We handle lawsuits stemming from car, truck, and boat accidents, premises liability claims, product liability cases, and instances of medical malpractice, wrongful death, and nursing home neglect and abuse. Through our diligent representation, our clients have recovered significant amounts of compensation for their losses. Contact our office at 561-708-5483, to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our law firm. Calling is risk-free, because we will never bill you for our services unless you recover for your injuries.