Bronx Head-On Collisions Attorney
According to New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), more than 120,000 traffic accidents occurred across New York City in 2018, with almost 20,000 in the Bronx, including 34 fatalities and almost 8,000 injuries. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that head-on collisions comprise about 2.5 percent of all traffic accidents across the nation. This suggests approximately 3,000 head-on collisions across New York City and 500 in the Bronx in 2018. Although these types of crashes don’t happen as often as other collisions, they can result in more severe and catastrophic injuries, especially when high speeds are involved.
If you have been injured in a head-on collision in or around New York City, state law entitles you to seek compensation for your injuries in civil court. Contact The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond in the Bronx at (718) 588-2000 to share the specifics about your accident and injuries during a free consultation.
Causes of Head-On Collisions
Car accidents might occur for a wide variety of reasons, but some very specific driving behaviors frequently lead to dangerous and potentially fatal head-on collisions. They include:
- Wrong-way travel. Driving the wrong way on a one-way street often happens when a driver is not familiar with the area where they are traveling. Similarly, entering an exit ramp from the wrong way may also result in a head-on collision. In New York City, tourists often commit these driving errors.
- Crossing the centerline. Swerving into oncoming traffic is the surest way for a head-on collision to occur. Swerving might be caused by poor road conditions, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, falling asleep at the wheel, or driving while distracted by cell phone use, eating, or adjusting the radio.
- Speeding. Although not a direct cause of a head-on collision, speeding may result in a driver losing control of a vehicle. This increases the likelihood of a head-on crash. Going too fast around curves or corners also might cause a driver to swerve into the oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision.
- Improper passing. When a driver passes a car on a two-lane road, he should take care to check for oncoming traffic and only pass when it is safe to do so. Passing near the crest of a hill or when approaching a curve can result in a head-on collision.
Injuries in Head-On Collisions
A wide variety of injuries that range in severity might occur during a car accident, but the physics of a head-on collision lead to some very specific types of injuries. The force of a head-on impact typically throws drivers and passengers forward, and causes airbags to deploy and seat-belts lock up. Higher speeds lead to more severe injuries and often destroy at least the front-end of a vehicle. Some common injuries associated with head-on collisions include:
- Whiplash from the impact of the accident
- Traumatic brain injuries from the jolt of impact or blunt force trauma to anyone who isn’t wearing a seat belt
- Broken ribs and other chest injuries from airbags and seat belts, which may also lead to internal bleeding and organ damage
- Knee, leg, and foot injuries, which might lead to amputation, as a result of legs hitting the dashboard in an accident or the front of the car crumpling into the passenger compartment
- Back and spinal cord injuries that might lead to paralysis
Recovering Damages After a Head-On Collision in New York
New York law gives car accident victims three years to take legal action to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. If you sue another driver after you have exhausted the limits of your personal injury protection coverage required of all New York residents who own motor vehicles, a ruling in your favor might compensate you for the following losses:
- Medical costs including ambulance and emergency services, hospitalization, surgery, x-rays, prescriptions, and doctor visits
- Rehabilitative expenses such as physical therapist visits and assistive devices including canes, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, and crutches
- Future medical expenses when injuries have long recovery times or result in permanent disability
- Lost wages for time away from work due to injury and hospitalization
- Future lost wages when severe injuries prevent a victim from returning to work
- Non-economic losses including pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, loss of quality of life, and loss of consortium.
Wrongful Death as a Result of a Head-On Collision
When a driver or passenger dies as a result of a head-on collision in the New York City area, the law entitles surviving family members to seek damages in a wrongful death suit against the party at fault. Wrongful death suits in New York have a two-year statute of limitations. Family members may be able to recover many of the damages mentioned above, as well as funeral expenses and burial costs. It is important for grieving families to retain a qualified attorney experienced with wrongful death auto accident cases to assist them during this difficult time.
Comparative Negligence in Bronx Head-On Collision Cases
When another car swerves into oncoming traffic causing a head-on crash, it might seem easy to determine fault. That isn’t always the case. New York is a so-called “pure comparative negligence state,” which means that courts reduce awards to the plaintiff based on the extent to which he or she contributed to the accident and accompanying injuries. In a head-on collision, a court often finds victims partially responsible if they were, for example, violating traffic regulations when the accident occurred. The court then reduces the damage award available to the plaintiff by that percentage of fault. A qualified car accident attorney understands comparative negligence and can advocate for the best possible outcome for your situation.
Contact Bronx Car Accident Attorney Ivan Diamond
If a car accident in the Bronx or elsewhere in New York City has harmed you or tragically taken the life of a loved one, you deserve full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Don’t wait to enlist the help of an experienced attorney. Contact Attorney Ivan M. Diamond at (718) 588-2000 to schedule a free consultation and determine the best course of action for your individual circumstances.