Shortly before 1:45 p.m., a hit-and-run driver fleeing from another collision collided with another vehicle and a bus. The accident occurred in East Flatbush near the intersection of Utica Venue and Clarendon Road.
Front End Crashes Can Cause Severe Injuries
Accidents involving frontal impacts can result in life-threatening injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the collision, vehicle occupants may be violently thrown into the steering wheel or dashboard, increasing the likelihood of head and chest injuries.
In some instances, the impact force ejects individuals from the vehicle. When a person is thrown from a vehicle, crushing injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and internal organ damage are common.
Head-on collisions account for thousands of annual traffic fatalities. Surviving victims of a head-on collision may sustain permanent impairments and disabilities. Some victims are unable to work or perform daily activities to provide for themselves and their families.
Massive damage can be caused by a frontal collision. Filing a claim for personal injury against the at-fault party can assist in recovering compensation for the care and expenses of the injured victims.
Damages Available in a Head-on Crash
A frontal collision can involve passenger cars, buses, motorcycles, and commercial trucks. The driver who caused the collision may be liable for damages including:
- The price of individual and medical care
- Physical, emotional, and occupational rehabilitation
- Physical suffering and pain
- mental agony and emotional suffering
- Lost wages, benefits, and earnings
- Permanent handicaps and impairments
- Reduced earning potential
- Decreased quality of life
A car accident claim’s value depends on a number of variables. The value of an accident claim is dependent on the severity of the person’s injuries and the amount of financial damages.
The amount of available auto insurance can also affect the value of a claim. New York mandates that all drivers carry at least $25,000 in bodily injury liability insurance. If the at-fault driver has minimum coverage, the victim’s claim may be limited to $25,000.
If the victim has underinsured motorist coverage on his or her auto insurance policy, additional insurance coverage may be available. Up to the policy limits, the victim’s insurance company pays the difference between what the at-fault driver’s insurance company paid and the value of the claim.
When calculating the value of a car accident claim, it is also crucial to consider whether the victim contributed to the accident’s cause. If the victim contributed to the accident, New York’s contributory negligence laws reduce the victim’s potential compensation by the percentage of fault assigned to the victim.
Why Do Head-On Crashes Happen?
The majority of head-on collisions are caused by driver error. Many of the frontal collisions that occur in New York are caused by driving behaviour, errors, and carelessness.
Common contributors to the cause of a head-on collision include:
- Inattentional driving
- Excessive velocity
- Drowsy driving
- Not yielding the right-of-way
- Drunk driving
- Improper lane changes
- Reckless driving
Reduced visibility, inclement weather, and poorly designed intersections and roads may also contribute to the occurrence of head-on collisions. A car accident attorney investigates the accident to determine which factors contributed to its occurrence. By identifying the accident’s contributing factors, the attorney can identify each party who may have contributed to the crash’s cause.
It is essential to identify all parties who contributed to the accident’s cause. The only parties from whom the victims can recover compensation are those responsible for the accident.
By unfairly blaming the victim for the accident, insurance companies use contributory negligence to reduce the value of an auto accident claim. Personal injury attorneys are aware of this insurance tactic. They are prepared to fight against unjust accusations of fault used to deprive a victim of an automobile accident of the compensation he or she deserves.
Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm
Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.