Denver Head-On Collisions Lawyer
Coloradans injured in head-on collisions suffer higher rates of head injuries and other traumatic injuries than people involved in side-impact or rear-end accidents. Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous of all types of motor vehicle accidents. They magnify the crash energy involved in a collision, resulting in more serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision in Colorado, you need the guidance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
Our head-on collision attorneys at The Sawaya Law Firm have decades of experience representing accident victims injured in Denver, Greeley and Northeastern Colorado. Let a car accident attorney review the details of your head-on crash and discuss your legal options. You should not be financially liable for medical bills caused by a negligent driver responsible for a frontal impact collision. Founding attorney Mike Sawaya and The Sawaya Law Firm take a great deal of pride in the Heritage of Justice we have established by successfully serving thousands of injured Coloradans in 40 years of practice.
Call today at 720-709-2855 for a free consultation with a Denver head-on accident attorney. If you or a family member is struggling to recover from severe injuries caused by a frontal impact collision, our attorneys can deal with the other driver’s insurance company and fight for full compensation for you. We do not charge legal fees unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.
Causes of Head-On Collisions in Colorado
Head-on collisions typically happen because a driver makes a serious driving error or misjudgment. These crashes can take place anywhere in Colorado, but they are more likely to occur on rural, undivided highways where vehicles travel at higher speeds and there is less margin for error if a vehicle suddenly veers across the center line. Front impact crashes occur less frequently than rear-end crashes and side-impact collisions.
Common driver errors contributing to head-on accidents include:
- driving distracted and drifting across the center line
- driving while impaired by drugs
- driving while intoxicated
- falling asleep while driving
- driving the wrong way on an interstate such as I-25, I-70 or I-270.
A driver may be distracted by a cell phone conversation, for example, and have his or her eyes off the road. The distracted driver may fail to notice the vehicle has crossed into an opposing lane of traffic, causing a frontal impact crash. Distracted driving contributes to many serious accidents in Colorado and is particularly prevalent among young drivers.
Drowsy drivers are responsible for numerous head-on collisions as well. A driver who is fatigued and fighting to stay awake at the wheel may nod off and cross into an oncoming lane. Drowsy drivers have slowed responses and take longer to react to changes in road conditions.
Commercial truck drivers who drive for long periods of time are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel and causing head-on collisions if they do not take regular breaks and get adequate rest. A head-on collision between a tractor trailer and an automobile can cause catastrophic injuries or fatal injuries to the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
A drunk driver may cause a head-on collision by speeding and losing control so that the vehicle crosses into an oncoming lane and collides with another vehicle.
Some head-on collisions are caused by wrong way drivers who are drunk, impaired or disoriented. Wrong way driver accidents typically occur late at night and are caused by a driver who is highly intoxicated, impaired by drugs or disoriented.
The personal injury lawyers at The Sawaya Law Firm will investigate your head-on collision and determine how the crash occurred and who should be held liable for your injuries.
What Compensation Can Head-On Accident Victims Seek?
Head-on accidents often cause traumatic injuries and require emergency medical treatment and periods of hospitalization. The medical expenses can add up quickly to tens of thousands of dollars.
If you were injured in a front impact accident and another driver caused the accident, you may demand compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance for your expenses related to the crash including your doctor and hospital bills, rehabilitation, and prescription medications. If your injuries will require ongoing and future medical care, you also can claim compensation for future medical care and other expenses related to the injury.
If the head-on accident leaves you disabled and unable to work for an extended period of time, you may seek compensation for your lost wages due to the injury.
You also may seek compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress and post-traumatic stress related to the head-on accident.
If the driver who caused the head-on accident was acting with wanton disregard for safety such as speeding the wrong way on I-25 while highly intoxicated, you may have a right to seek exemplary damages or punitive damages under Colorado law. Punitive damages may be sought in cases in which the conduct of the at-fault driver was extremely outrageous.
Colorado law permits families that have suffered the loss of a loved one in a head-on collision to file a lawsuit and seek compensation if the crash was caused by another driver’s carelessness or disregard for safety. The law allows close relatives of the accident victim such as the spouse or dependent children to file a wrongful death claim.
The time limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado is two years from the date of death.
What to Do After a Head-On Collision?
We recognize that you may be unsure of your legal rights if you or your loved one has been injured in a head-on accident. Most people who contact our law firm have never been in a serious injury accident and are uncertain about what steps to take next. Let our knowledgeable attorneys offer guidance.
During a free consultation, a head-on accident attorney at The Sawaya Law Firm will review the details of your head-on crash free of charge and offer our perspective about whether you have a valid personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit. If we believe that we can help you pursue compensation, we will offer to represent you on a contingency fee basis. You will not owe any out-of-pocket costs or pay any legal fee unless we obtain money for you. Our attorneys are proud to stand up for justice for Coloradans who have been injured by the negligence of others.