Jonesboro Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions are dangerous and can result in devastating or life-threatening injuries, depending on the size and speed of the vehicles at the time of impact. When two cars collide front to front, both vehicles will normally suffer heavy property damage. If a negligent driver has hit you head-on and caused you to suffer harm, the Jonesboro car accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can assist you in your time of need. Allow our team to fight for you and assist you in pursuing fair compensation for your medical bills and other expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To date, we have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients. We are a large regional personal injury law firm with a dedicated team of over 30 attorneys and more than 120 staff members.Proving Negligence in a Head-On Collision Claim
A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles collide, head to head. These front-end collisions usually occur when a vehicle is traveling in the wrong lane, either because it is passing another car or drifts over into another lane due to driver error, fatigue, or distracted driving. Due to the nature of front-end to front-end wrecks, they tend to result in more serious injuries than any other type of collision. Injuries will vary, depending on the speed of the vehicles, the force of the impact, and safety mechanisms in use. If the drivers and passengers are wearing their seatbelts, they could suffer chest and lower limb injuries. Drivers not wearing their seatbelts may sustain severe head and facial injuries in addition to more severe chest and limb injuries.
As with any other auto accident in Arkansas, you may sue the negligent driver following a head-on collision and seek monetary damages for your bodily injuries and other losses. First, though, you must prove negligence by showing that the at-fault driver breached a duty of care owed to you which caused your injuries and damages. If the at-fault party is cited for a traffic violation which caused the crash, such as failure to maintain control or failure to exercise due care, then you may be able to pursue your bodily injury claim under a theory of negligence per se where negligence is presumed by the mere violation of a safety law.
In most car accident cases, you may recover damages for both your economic and non-economic losses, including medical expenses, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. These damages are considered compensatory in nature and attempt to make you whole for your injuries by paying you money for the losses. In some cases, punitive damages may be sought. Suppose another driver hit you head-on because he had been drinking alcohol. Suppose he had a long history of auto accidents and drunk driving convictions. In that scenario, punitive damages may be awarded if the judge or jury finds the defendant’s conduct to be particularly egregious. Punitive damages are penal in nature and are intended to punish the at-fault driver and deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
Whether you are seeking compensatory or punitive damages or both, under Arkansas law you must either settle your bodily injury claim or file a lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction within three years of the date of the accident. If you do not do this within that period of time, then your right to sue for your damages could be lost forever. Auto accident cases can be complex, meaning it is important to consult with a car wreck attorney in Jonesboro soon after the accident to provide sufficient time to investigate the claim, try to negotiate settlement, and prepare the case for litigation if necessary.Discuss Your Head-On Collision Claim with a Jonesboro Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident with a negligent driver, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to discuss your claim and the types of damages to which you may be entitled under Arkansas law. We can help you pursue compensatory damages for your losses, and we also understand when it may be appropriate to seek punitive damages. We represent accident victims across Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in the cities of Jonesboro, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to learn why NST is the way to go. Our lawyers are available 24/7.