A head-on collision occurs when the front ends of two vehicles collide. This can happen when a car crosses the center line into oncoming traffic or when a motorist drives the wrong way on a one-way street.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a head-on accident, the stakes are high. You might be relying on the insurance settlement or court award to cover your medical bills, future medical care, and lost income. An Illinois head-on accident lawyer can help maximize your compensation.
Compensation After a Head-on Accident
If someone else caused the head-on crash in Illinois, you could demand compensation. Recovering a settlement or court award isn’t always easy. As the person bringing the claim, you’re responsible for proving the other driver’s negligence and your injuries. Working with an Illinois car accident attorney may be the best way to prepare and build a strong case.
If you can prove negligence, you may win compensation for your past and future:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced earning potential
- Lower quality of life
- Loss of consortium (personal relationships)
How Much Is My Head-on Accident Claim Worth?
Many head-on crash victims call us and want to know what their case is worth. As much as we would like to give you an exact number, too many factors affect compensation.
We highly recommend you don’t accept a settlement offer right away. It often takes months for us to know what a case is worth. A quick settlement offer in the weeks after the crash is probably less than you deserve. If you accept it, you might not have enough to cover future medical care and lost wages.
We Recommend a Thorough Evaluation
Evaluating your head-on accident claim takes time and a thorough investigation. You may need weeks or months for your injuries to heal and for you to feel better. Your doctors will have a better understanding of your prognosis over time. As your accident lawyers, we want to be sure that we accurately assess your financial needs now and in the future.
Only after you have a thorough understanding of you or your loved one’s injuries would we recommend negotiating a settlement. That gives us time to evaluate your future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Who Is Liable for Head-on Accident Injuries?
It’s up to you to bring a claim and demand compensation. You’ll have to prove the other driver was at fault. This is a huge task that is even more challenging when you are seriously injured or helping an injured loved one.
An Illinois car accident lawyer can help by immediately investigating the crash. We gather evidence, including:
- The police report
- Photos of the crash scene
- Any surveillance, traffic, or dash camera footage
- Witness statements
- An accident reconstruction expert’s opinion
It often helps to hire an accident reconstructionist to create a 2D or 3D model of what happened. They also can calculate essential facts, such as vehicle speed. We’ll use this evidence to prove liability against the other driver.
Is the Other Driver Blaming You?
It’s not uncommon for the other driver to point the finger at you or your loved one. A good way to fight back is to hire an Illinois head-on accident lawyer. Don’t try to argue with the insurance company yourself. You won’t get far against experienced adjusters and lawyers.
Our head-on collision lawyers know how to investigate and build a strong case. We’re prepared for this kind of allegation and even for the insurance company to deny your initial claim. We know what to do next.
You Can Collect Damages Even if You Share Fault
Illinois has a modified comparative fault rule. You can still collect compensation if you are found liable for 50% or less than the other party. Your percentage of fault will reduce your final compensation, but you can still recover damages.
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If you’ve been hurt, it can be hard to know where to start. We begin every case with a free, no-risk evaluation. We’ll discuss your situation, answer your questions, and determine what comes next. Act now and get the recovery you deserve.
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