Head-on collisions can result in severe injuries and even death. If you got hurt or lost a loved one in a head-on accident, a Greenville head-on collisions lawyer can help you hold the responsible party accountable for your losses.
At the Hammack Law Firm, we handle cases on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that you do not have to pay us anything upfront for us to help you. We recover payment for our services out of the insurance settlement or court award at the end of your case.
Our clients know that they can focus on getting better and rebuilding their lives because we are taking care of their legal issues. You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 to get started. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation during which you can learn more about your options for financial recovery.
Determining Fault in a Greenville Head-On Collision
Whoever caused or contributed to the collision can be held financially responsible for any losses arising from the accident. Usually, a head-on crash happens when a motorist is driving on the wrong side of the road. In many head-on collision cases, the “wrong-way” driver is typically at fault. However, other entities can also be found liable if their actions contributed to the collision.
Per the American Bar Association, another party can be held liable for your damages if we can prove all four of these factors:
- Duty of care. Our team must demonstrate that another party owed you a duty of care. All drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles with caution and obey the rules of the road.
- Breach of duty. Your legal team needs to prove that another motorist violated their duty of care by acting recklessly or carelessly. For example, let’s say that you were driving on a two-lane rural road. Maybe another motorist coming in the opposite direction veered into your lane because they were texting. This action would constitute breaching their duty of care since they put you in danger.
- We must prove that the negligent actions of another party caused the accident that hurt you. Your lawyer can accomplish this by reviewing the police report and interviewing witnesses. If possible, they might be able to use traffic surveillance footage to determine how your accident occurred.
- Measurable damages. You need to have monetary losses stemming from the collision that harmed you. If you got hurt or lost a loved one in a head-on collision, you likely have measurable damages. This could come in the form of medical bills and lost wages.
A Greenville head-on collision lawyer at the Hammack Law Firm can help you bring the at-fault party to justice. Feel free to call us today at (864) 326-3333 for a no-cost case evaluation.
Your Lawyer Can Investigate the Cause of Your Collision
To pursue the cost of your collision-related expenses, your legal team will need to determine how your accident occurred. We mentioned earlier that your lawyer can review the police report, traffic surveillance footage, and photos of the accident scene to come to this determination.
Here are a few elements that could have caused or contributed to your head-on collision:
- Driver error. Lack of experience in a young driver and cognitive issues in an older driver can make a person uncertain about which lane they should be in.
- Poor road design. A “suicide lane,” lack of a center median, and reversible lanes can put a driver in the wrong direction of traffic.
- Inclement weather conditions. A driver could lose control of their vehicle if they do not adjust their driving speed to accommodate poor weather conditions, such as rain or snow.
- Driving while intoxicated. Drunk drivers can end up in the wrong lane, driving right into oncoming cars.
- Distracted driving. Distractions, like talking on a mobile phone, texting, or changing the radio station, can take a driver’s focus off the road.
- Road construction. When a road is undergoing construction, there should be adequate signage that regulates the flow of traffic. No medians, faded lane dividers, and suddenly ending lanes can result in a head-on collision.
- Driving while fatigued. When a driver falls asleep at the wheel and drifts into oncoming traffic, everyone’s life is at risk.
- Vehicular malfunction. If a vehicle is not roadworthy, it can malfunction and harm others. Some defective vehicular components can include the steering system, brakes, or tires.
If you do not see the cause of your accident listed above, do not worry. Our team can investigate the cause of your collision and determine who should be held responsible for your losses. You might be able to hold multiple parties accountable for your damages, including a government municipality or vehicle manufacturer.
To learn more about your legal options, we encourage you to call the Hammack Law Firm today.
How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Injury Claim
You should not have to battle an insurance company or the other party’s legal counsel while recovering from your injuries. If you work with a Greenville head-on collision lawyer at the Hammack Law Firm from the beginning, we can handle your case from start to finish.
We pride ourselves on delivering personal, responsive legal services to our clients. Our mission is to build personal relationships with our clients and make South Carolina a safe place for everyone. We work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve so you can rebuild your life.
We encourage you to take action today because S.C. Code of Law § 15-3-530 limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, the law can bar you from going after monetary damages for your losses.
Do not delay. Please feel free to call us today at (864) 326-3333 so that we can help you.