Head-on collisions do not occur frequently, but when they do occur, they often result in serious or life-threatening injuries and substantial property damage. Head-on collisions are almost always caused by someone’s failure to act in an appropriate manner. If you or a loved one were injured in a head-on collision, you may be able to recover compensation for any injuries caused by the collision, and it is your best interest to meet with a seasoned New Hampshire car accident lawyer to discuss your accident. At Peter Thompson and Associates, our attorneys have been assisting New Hampshire residents harmed due to head-on collisions for more than 60 years.Common Scenarios in Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions can occur when one driver is traveling on the wrong side of the road or the wrong way down a one-way street. Head-on collisions are frequently caused by driver inattention or intoxicated drivers. In some cases, head-on collisions can be caused by improperly marked roads or missing street signs.Showing That a Driver is Liable in a Head-On Collision Case
Generally, to recover compensation in a car accident case, you must show that the other driver’s negligence caused the accident and your subsequent harm. Under the laws of New Hampshire, to prevail in a negligence claim, you must show that the other driver owed you a duty and subsequently breached the duty, and the breach caused the accident to occur. You must also show that the accident caused you to sustain some kind of damages, whether these are physical injuries or property damage. In cases involving head-on collisions, it may be necessary to hire an accident reconstructionist to recreate the manner in which the accident happened to support the argument that the other driver should be held responsible. Discovery is a very important aspect of proving liability in a head-on collision case as well. Testimony from any witnesses, any surveillance footage, and reports and statements from anyone who investigated the accident can be helpful in developing a case against the other driver.
A common defense asserted by defendants in head-on collision cases is that the injured party’s negligence caused the accident to occur, and therefore the defendant should not be held liable. An injured party can be found negligent and still recover damages, however, as long as he or she was not more than 50% responsible for causing the accident. If you or your loved one suffered harm in a head-on collision, a skilled car accident attorney can anticipate any potential obstacles to your pursuit of damages and assist you in developing a strong argument that the other driver should be held liable for your harm.Damages Frequently Awarded in Head-On Collision Cases
Head-on collisions are typically devastating accidents that result in severe injuries and substantial property damage. Unfortunately, head-on collisions frequently cause fatal injuries as well. If you were injured in a head-on collision, you may be able to recover the costs of any medical treatment for your injuries, including the costs of any prescriptions, adaptive devices, and physical therapy. You may be able to recover the cost of any treatment that you may need in the future as well. In addition to economic damages, you may be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering and any emotional harm that you experienced due to the accident. If your injuries rendered you unable to work, you may be entitled to damages for lost wages and loss of future earnings. Additionally, if you were married when the accident occurred, your spouse may be able to recover damages. If you suffered the loss of a loved one due to a head-on collision, you may be able to seek wrongful death damages for the loss of the services and companionship that he or she would have provided, and for any financial harm caused by his or her death.Meet With a Skilled New Hampshire Attorney
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a head-on collision, you should retain a skilled New Hampshire attorney to help you seek damages for your harm. The attorneys of Peter Thompson and Associates have significant experience with assisting individuals injured in car accidents in their pursuit of damages and can aggressively advocate on your behalf to help you seek any compensation to which you may be entitled. We pride ourselves on maintaining a high rate of successful outcomes. We have offices in Bedford, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Manchester, New Hampshire, and we can represent individuals throughout the state. Contact us at 800.804.2004 or via our online form to schedule a meeting.