Every head-on collision car accident is unique, so there is no typical or average settlement for these injury claims. We cannot determine much you could receive without first talking to you and investigating your situation.
Types of Damages You Can Seek
You can typically recover both economic and non-economic losses after a head-on car accident. Some damages in these cases include:
- Your medical expenses: You can go after compensation for the reasonable cost of the treatment you needed for your injuries. Costs may include ambulatory care, emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgery, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, prescription drugs, and similar items.
- Rehabilitation: Head-on crashes can cause devastating harm, like head injuries or spinal cord damage. These injuries sometimes need extended care in a specialized treatment facility.
- Long-term care: Catastrophic outcomes, like paralysis or an altered state of consciousness, can leave the plaintiff in need of ongoing daily assistance with medical treatments and personal care. The cost of a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living center, can be a part of the injury claim.
- Lost income and reduced earning capacity: Any regular income that you did not receive while you were away from work recuperating can get added to your claim. If you had to reduce your working hours or take a lower-paying job because of your injuries, you can seek compensation for that financial loss, too.
- Non-economic losses: Some harm can be hard to measure financially, even though it can be compensable. Disfigurement from permanent, visible scarring is a non-economic loss. Some other types of non-economic but compensable losses include things like loss of the enjoyment of life, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and pain and suffering.
You might have additional types of losses that we can include in your injury claim.
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Factors Affecting How Much You Can Seek for Your Head-on Collision Injury
Since there is no automatic amount or flat rate to settle an injury claim from a head-on crash, it can help to know what goes into calculating damages. Some factors include:
- The type of injuries you suffered: Of course, a person who sustains significant injuries, like spinal cord damage, will likely receive a larger amount of compensation than someone who walks away with only bruises. The at-fault driver is responsible for the level of harm caused by their
- The severity of your injuries: Even severe injuries vary by degree. For example, all fractures are not the same. A simple, clean fracture that needs only a cast is unlikely to receive as much in money damages as a comminuted fracture, which the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons defines as a bone that “shatters into three or more pieces.”
- The path of your recuperation: If you experience complications, like an infection or adverse reaction, your medical bills will be higher, so your settlement will likely be higher.
- The completeness of your recuperation: Many people develop long-term problems after a head-on car accident, like chronic pain or a loss of strength, endurance, range of motion, or other functions in the injured body parts. These ongoing impairments can increase a person’s injury claim settlement value.
These things are only a few examples of the factors that can affect the amount of compensation you might be able to pursue after a head-on collision.
Head-on car accidents often cause severe or fatal injuries. If your close relative died because of a head-on collision, we can go after additional compensation for the legal beneficiaries.
Holding the At-Fault Driver Accountable for Your Losses
The person who caused the accident can be legally liable for your losses if we can prove all four of these factors:
- The defendant owed you a legal duty: All drivers have an obligation to obey traffic laws and keep other motorists reasonably safe.
- The defendant violated the duty of care: When someone breaches a legal duty, negligence comes into play. Let’s say that the defendant was in the wrong lane of traffic because they were engaged in illegal street racing. That conduct is careless and violates the duty of care.
- The careless act caused the accident: The negligence must have caused or contributed to the head-on collision. If reckless driving caused the crash, the facts would meet the requirement of causation.
- You have measurable losses: Physical harm is a type of quantifiable damage, so if you got hurt in a head-on car accident, your case satisfies this element for establishing the defendant’s liability.
When your situation meets all four of these factors, we can pursue the at-fault driver for financial compensation.
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Deadlines for Filing a Lawsuit
Please do not wait too long to reach out to us. Our state gives you only two years to file a lawsuit for a personal injury case, according to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33. If you miss the deadline, you can forever lose the right to compensation for your losses.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for Help
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you with your injury case from a head-on car accident. You can call us today at (404) 888-8888 for your free initial consultation.