Helping the injured in West Virginia
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. The Charleston car accident attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC help people who have been injured in these types of collisions.
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.
As one whose life has been impacted by a head-on collision, you want to know why the crash occurred. We investigate the accident to find out how it happened. Drinking and driving often plays a role in car accidents involving head-on crashes. These collisions can also occur as a result of:
- 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
These are all examples of negligent or reckless conduct. A driver can and should be held accountable if his or her 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.
When filing a claim to seek damages after a head-on crash, it is essential you provide the evidence necessary to establish fault. Our legal team gathers 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.
Some of the typical injuries seen in head-on collisions include whiplash and other neck injuries, fractures and broken bones, face lacerations, abdominal injuries, spinal cord injuries, chest injuries and serious head trauma or traumatic brain injuries.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a head-on collision, it is important that you contact a skilled West Virginia car wreck lawyer at once. Our firm serves clients in Charleston and throughout the state of West Virginia. Our experienced lawyers understand how devastating head-on collisions can be, and we are the aggressive advocates you need.