A head-on collision occurs when the front of two vehicles hit each other. The law says that drivers and vehicles proceeding in opposite directions shall pass each other only on the right. A lot of roads in Vermont do not have lane markings, and so they have to give the other driver as close to half of the roadway as possible if they are coming at them. If a driver fails to follow the rules of the road and drives on the wrong side of the road, they can cause a severe accident.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car crash, a Burlington head-on collision lawyer will help you seek compensation for all of your damages and injuries. Speak to Drew Palcsik, a seasoned car accident attorney, to discuss your case and legal options. Our legal team is ready to help your case.
Where Front-End Collisions Occur in Burlington
Although Burlington itself is a city, it is not far from rural communities, so there is quite a variety of possible traffic obstructions. There are many tractors, hay wagons or farm equipment on the roadways. These vehicles are often small but take up a lot of space and people are anxious to pass them. Sometimes people make poor decisions when it comes to passing and do not leave themselves enough time to get back into their own lane.
There are a lot of two-lane roads in Vermont, so it is easy to find yourself stuck behind a slow-moving car. Drivers get very anxious to pass and will sometimes make unsafe passing decisions thinking they have enough room to pass when they do not. This can cause a severe front-impact collision which can have devastating consequences.
Common Injuries In a Head-On Collision Accident
What makes head-on collisions so serious is physics. The physics of the energy of two vehicles moving in opposite directions colliding creates an incredible amount of force.
The most common injuries in head-on crashes include:
- Head trauma
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Importance of Medical Follow-Ups
It is incredibly important for you to follow up with medical care after a front-impact car accident. If you do not, insurance companies and defense lawyers will argue that you failed to mitigate your damages. This means you did not do the things you were supposed to do to keep the harm to a minimum. They will argue that you were not hurt so bad if you did not need medical care.
How Is Fault Assigned by Insurance Companies and Traffic Law?
In Burlington head-on collisions, insurance companies can make informal decisions about who they think is at fault for a crash but only a jury can make a decision as to fault and comparative fault. This means the courts will decide who is at fault for the collision and determine the appropriate settlement amount.
Factors that can impact liability in head-on collision cases would include speed and whether one or the other driver is driving distracted. Weather and road conditions could also be factors that could affect liability. Drew will investigate the cause of the crash and hold the negligent driver accountable.
Recovering Compensation for Damages
The most common type of recoverable damages in a Burlington head-on collision case includes the costs of medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and lost wages.
Punitive damages are possible in a head-on collision case, but it is rare. It is not enough for the at-fault driver to simply have been wrong or unlawful. Punitive damages are only available when the actions have the character of outrage frequently associated with a crime. Punitive damages are meant to punish bad behavior and to stop others from acting similarly in the future.
You may be awarded punitives if the jury finds that the at-fault driver acted recklessly or wantonly without regard for your rights, showed personal ill will, or acted with insult or oppression towards you. If there is evidence that allows a jury to consider punitive damages, they are allowed to consider the character, standing, financial status, and degree of malice in the at-fault driver’s conduct.
Let a Burlington Head-On Collision Lawyer at Champlain Valley Law Help
The first steps Drew Palcsik will take in a head-on collision case in Burlington are to get the crash report from the Department of Motor Vehicles and any additional reporting from local enforcement. Drew will gather the EMS reports, medical reports, vehicle damage information, witness names and witness statements, photographs of the scene, and photographs of any injuries.
Let our team help you get the compensation you need. Call today to learn more about how a Burlington head-on collision lawyer like Drew Palcsik will help your win your case.