Head on Car Accidents
Maine Attorney Alison Wholey Briggs has litigated many car accident cases, and understand the pain and suffering head-on collisions can cause. This type of accident can result in severe, permanent injuries or death for one or all of the parties involved, and are particularly lethal at highway speeds. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2006 there were 821 head-on crashes that resulted in fatalities from drivers crossing the median and hitting other cars head-on.
If you or someone you know have suffered from a head-on car accident, call the Maine injury attorneys at Briggs & Wholey to talk about your case with experienced litigators. We understand that it is difficult to recover from injuries or deal with grief while sorting through medical bills and household expenses. Our attorneys know the importance of holding the negligent party accountable, and will aggressively fight to recover the compensation you deserve.Proving Accident-Related Injuries Can Be Complicated and Time-Consuming
Fatal head-on crashes typically occur on two-lane, rural roads. They comprise a small percentage of all car accidents, but account for over half of the road-accident related fatalities. If a motorist is unrestrained during a head-on collision, he or she will continue to move forward as the car comes to an abrupt stop from the impact. Often, the initial impact affects the lower half of the body, resulting in hip, knee, and ankle fractures. As the body continues to move forward, the head, neck and torso can hit the steering column or windshield, resulting in spinal injuries or severe cuts from broken glass.
To receive a financial recovery in Maine through a personal injury suit, a plaintiff must prove that any alleged damages were caused by the defendant’s negligence. The goal is for the injured party to be compensated and be made “whole,” or placed in the same position they would have been in if the accident had not occurred. Reasonable and necessary medical bills, property damage, car rental expenses, and loss of earnings may be recovered if proof of these losses is provided. If the injured party had a medical condition prior to the accident, it may be necessary to document which specific medical bills were incurred as a result of the accident to ensure a proper calculation of expenses related to the accident. This is particularly important in cases where preexisting medical conditions may have worsened as a result of the traumatic accident.
In addition, those injured in a head-on collision may recover compensation for pain and suffering and may even be entitled to punitive damages if the defendant acted recklessly or maliciously at the time of the accident. However, damage awards may be reduced by the injured party’s negligence. In Maine, the injured party may still recover damages if he or she was less negligent than the defendant, but the amount of damages recovered may be lessened by the percentage of the injured party’s negligence. The help of an experienced attorney is essential to proving whether or not there was any such “contributory” negligence by the injured party, that any contributory negligence was less than the defendant’s negligence, and that the injured party is entitled to the maximum amount of compensation.Briggs & Wholey Have the Credentials to Successfully Recover the Compensation You Are Entitled To
We have over for nearly 30 years of combined experience negotiating and litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases. Having secured multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of their clients, the law office of Briggs & Wholey has the skill and experience to aggressively try your case to hold the at-fault party accountable, and obtain the compensation you need. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a head-on car accident, call Maine head-on car accident attorneys Briggs & Wholey at (888) 596-1099 for a free, confidential conversation.