Head-On Collision Lawyers
If you have been the unfortunate victim of a head on collision, the New York car accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are available to provide a free evaluation of your legal rights. The simple truth is that head on collisions happen much too often in New York City and leave victims and their loved-ones in a state of confusion as to what to do next.
Head on collisions make up about 2 percent of all traffic accidents in the United States. However, they make up about 10 percent of all fatalities. In New York City alone, in 2012, there were 253 deaths from head-on motor vehicle crashes. Head on collision injuries are typically severe because two automobiles traveling toward each other exert the combined force of both vehicles.
Occupants in both vehicles are at great risk during head-on impacts. The drivers and front seat passengers are more exposed to harm because of their proximity to the crash points. Head-on wrecks usually result in serious injury or death, and the aftermath can prove devastating for victims and their families and loved-ones.
Remember that if you have been hurt in a car accident in NYC or Long Island, the law is on your side. The personal injury attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are just a phone call away. We are committed to helping victims of auto accidents obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries. Since 1952, our law firm has been obtaining substantial settlements and verdicts for New Yorkers like you, who suffered harm through no fault of their own.
Why head on collisions are so dangerous
Head on collisions are among the most dangerous auto accidents because of the tremendous force of impact. If two similar cars are traveling 50 miles per hour, the impact is equal to each car driving into a concrete wall going 50 miles per hour. It’s not hard to imagine that crashes with such force usually result in serious injuries for all parties involved. Some head on collisions involve two vehicles differing greatly in size. These accidents can be disastrous for one car and its occupants, while inflicting only a fraction of damage to the other vehicle of greater size. Regardless of how the vehicles are matched in size or why it happened, the occupants involved all may suffer to some degree.
Common causes of head on collisions include:
- Going the wrong way
- Crossing the center line into oncoming traffic
- Passing incorrectly on a two lane road
- Falling asleep behind the wheel and drifting into oncoming traffic
- Speeding around a curve and swerving into opposite traffic
- Not following or reading road signs properly
- Driving while intoxicated
- Distracted driving (texting or talking on the cellphone)
If you have been in a serious accident like a head on collision, you may be eligible for compensatory damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income. In New York, “No Fault” laws are in place to protect you from devastating losses due to automobile accidents.
Contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye and let our expert Long Island car accident attorneys take a complimentary look at your case. We can help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to, and we charge zero fees unless we win your case.
Common injuries in head on crashes
Anyone who is involved in a head on collision is at risk for a variety of injuries, including broken bones, paralysis, spinal cord damage and brain trauma.
Following the accident, long-term adverse effects may include the need for rehabilitation or extended care, which can lead to substantial and growing medical costs. Some victims are rendered paraplegics or quadriplegics. Others experience disfigurements, pain and suffering, and long term or permanent disabilities.
Talk to an auto accident attorney
In the aftermath of a head on car accident, the many steps that need to be taken to ensure proper compensation can be complicated and exhausting for injured victims and their families. Edelman, Krasin & Jaye will streamline the process and do most of the work. We file all the paperwork, speak to the insurance companies, and launch our own independent investigation of the crash to prove liability and fault.
Our Long Island based firm can:
- File a No Fault Claim and/or Auto Accident Lawsuit – Victims of automobile traffic accidents may qualify to have their insurance pay for all reasonable and needed medical expenses. They are sometimes eligible to receive compensation for lost wages (you must file a “No Fault” claim within 30 days of the accident to qualify) for up to $2000 per month.
- Determine Liability – In New York, one party can be found 100 percent at fault for the accident or each party can be found to be partially at fault. The lower fault percentage, the more compensation the person is entitled to.
- Identify Serious Injuries – New York has a “serious injury threshold”. This threshold must be met in order to bring a lawsuit.
- Meet Timeliness Requirements – A statute of limitations applies to “No Fault” claims of 30 days after the accident. The statute for personal injury lawsuits in NY involving a car accident is typically 2 years. Meeting all the statutes of limitations is vital to receiving full compensation
Call leading New York personal injury firm today
If you or someone you care about has been in a car accident, such as a head on collision, and suffered injury, you need to protect your rights for full compensation under the law. The NY & Long Island personal injury lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can help you obtain fair and just payment for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income.
Let us put our expertise and resources to work for you and your family. Contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye today for a free consultation about filing a car accident lawsuit in New York. Call us at: 800-469-7429.
- Crash Data Services, Head-on Traffic Accident Reconstruction Expert, http://www.crashdataservices.net/head_on_accident_reconstruction_expert.html
- Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Head-on-Collisions, http://safety.transportation.org/htmlguides/HOcrashes/exec_sum.htm
- NY Department of Motor Vehicles, Archives of Statistical Summaries, http://www.dmv.ny.gov/stats-arc.htm
- Article 51 of the New York Insurance Law aka "The No-Fault Law", http://www.dfs.ny.gov/insurance/r68/r68_art51.htm