Head-on vehicle collisions are some of the most dangerous types of accidents. Head-on crashes account for a significant percentage of accident fatalities due to the severity of injuries a person may sustain. In a head-on accident, the speed of both vehicles combine to double the force of the impact, which typically propels vehicle occupants directly forward. This force often resulting in brain injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other injuries that can have catastrophic results.
What Causes Head-On Collisions?
Under ordinary conditions, a vehicle should never drift into oncoming traffic unless one of the drivers was negligent. Victims of head-on collisions are able to recover compensation for their crash-related losses. Some of the more common causes of head-on collisions include:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to adjust driving to weather conditions
- Impaired driving
- Driver fatigue
In some cases, the cause of a head-on collision may not be obvious. When this occurs, victims or their families may need to work with an accident-reconstruction specialist in order to obtain evidence of fault.
Suing after a Fatal Head-On Collision
Individuals who have lost a family member in a head-on collision may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Indiana’s wrongful death statute allows certain people to recover compensation if a person was killed by the wrongful act of another person. In Indiana, a wrongful death claim can only be filed by the personal representative of the victim or the parent of a deceased child, but a court may award damages to the decedent’s spouse, kids, dependents, parents, or grandparents, depending on the circumstances..
Time is of the Essence in Wrongful Death Cases
As a surviving loved one of a head-on collision, you only have two years from the date of the death to file a claim. While two years may seem like a long time, it can go much faster than you think. Your attorney will need ample time to prepare your case. If you wait to start investigating and building your case, critical evidence may be lost or destroyed. You should contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible after the loss of a loved one to protect your right to receive compensation.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Fort Wayne Wrongful Death Attorney
If you have lost a loved one in a head-on collision in Indiana, you should contact Blackburn & Green as soon as you can. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping injured victims get the compensation they deserve and are here to help you too. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (260) 422-4400 or send us an email through our online contact form.