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West Virginia Head-On Collisions

Head-on collision accident lawyer
In a single-vehicle accident, only the force of one vehicle is involved. However, in head-on collisions, the force of impact is doubled. As a result, when two vehicles collide head-on – particularly if both are traveling at high rates of speed – serious injury or death is frequently the tragic outcome.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a head-on collision, it is important you contact a skilled West Virginia car wreck lawyer at once. Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, serves clients in Charleston as well as throughout the state of West Virginia. The lawyers at our firm have more than three decades of combined legal experience. We understand how devastating head-on collisions can be.

Our law firm offers knowledge, skill and an unwavering commitment to defending the rights of accident victims and their families. We can be the aggressive advocates you need.


Why Do Head-On Collisions Occur in West Virginia?

Drinking and Driving head on collisionAs one whose life has been impacted by a head-on collision, you want to know why the crash occurred. An investigation by Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, will be aimed at seeking the answers you deserve.

Drinking and driving often plays a role in head-on crashes. For instance, according to a five-year analysis of crash data statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 30 percent of traffic fatalities in West Virginia involve alcohol-impaired drivers. Speeding is another common factor. It contributed to 26 percent of the crashes during the same time period.

Other scenarios that are likely to lead to head-on collisions include:

  • Driving while fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel
  • Driving recklessly (such as attempting to pass at a dangerous point in the road)
  • Distracted driving (such as texting, talking on a phone or talking with passengers)
  • An automotive defect (such as a faulty steering column or blown tire)
  • A defective road condition

Most head-on collisions can be avoided so long as drivers take precautions that any reasonable driver would take. The following are some of the more common ways head-on collisions occur:

  • Crossing over a double line into oncoming traffic
  • Swerving to avoid debris in the road or a stopped vehicle
  • Failing to reduce speed when going around sharp curves or winding roads
  • Traveling the wrong way down a one-way road or undivided two-lane highway
  • Failing to observe and obey posted traffic signs and signals.

These are all examples of negligent or reckless conduct. A driver can and should be held accountable if the driver’s failure to drive safely has harmed you or a loved one.


Taking Legal Action After a Head-On Collision in West Virginia

If you have been injured or lost a family member in a head-on collision in West Virginia, you may be eligible to file a claim against the other driver. The claim can seek compensation for the costs of medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other accident-related costs. A recovery requires establishing that the other driver was at fault.

In some cases, a person has to file a claim with his or her own insurance company. For instance, this may be the only way to pursue compensation when the at-fault driver lacks auto insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover the costly medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and other losses brought on by an accident.


How Do You Establish a Claim for Damages After a Head-On Crash?

causes of head-on collisionsWhen filing a claim to seek damages after a head-on crash, it is essential you provide the evidence necessary to establish fault. Police reports, cell phone records, witness statements, photos of the accident scene, medical records, repair records and other pertinent information gathered during the investigation of the accident can all be used to help establish your claim.

For example, if the other driver was driving drunk, breath and blood tests will show his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the accident. In a head-on collision case where a driver became distracted due to a text message or e-mail, cell phone records could be used to show what the driver was doing when his or her vehicle drifted into your lane, causing the head-on collision.

car accident lawyerYou will also need to provide evidence showing the extent of your injuries and losses. As most head-on collisions leave victims suffering from serious or catastrophic injuries, your medical records, testimony from medical experts and estimates provided by economists can all be used to help establish your claim.

Some of the typical injuries seen in head-on collisions include:

  • Whiplash and other neck injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Face lacerations and damage
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Serious head trauma or traumatic brain injuries

Victims who have suffered any of these injuries in a head-on collision can dramatically improve their ability to pursue just compensation by working with an experienced Charleston car accident lawyer.


Contact a Head-On Collision Attorney Serving Charleston and West Virginia

If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision, you want to have a skilled head-on collision attorney on your side. The attorney should have not only in-depth knowledge of personal injury law but also a commitment to treating clients with the dignity, compassion and respect they deserve.

The attorneys of Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We have received the highest peer-review ratings on Martindale-Hubbell in the area of personal injury law. We are truly dedicated to helping accident victims and their families.

We serve Charleston and communities throughout West Virginia. To find out more about our firm and how we can help you, call or reach us online today.


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