Front Impact Accidents
Front impact accidents, also known as head-on collisions, occur when two vehicles both strike each other from the front end, or when a single vehicle strikes an inanimate object, such as a pole or median divider. These types of accidents lead to some of the most significant injuries and many fatalities on Florida roads. Drivers responsible for front impact accidents are often found to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but other careless actions can also cause these serious crashes. The Port St. Lucie car accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston help victims and their families pursue proper legal action against negligent parties responsible for their injuries.
We offer compassionate and dedicated legal representation for the entirety of a claim, from the initial investigation until the conclusion of litigation. Our seasoned trial lawyers have devoted their entire careers to assisting personal injury plaintiffs, and we continue to work tirelessly to ensure that these victims receive the financial support that they need and are entitled to receive following a serious collision. If you have sustained an injury or lost a loved one in a front impact accident, contact our office today to learn more about our legal services and see how we can help you.Dangerous Front Impact Accidents
Front impact accidents most commonly occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions strike each other. There can be many different causes of these accidents, including when a drunk driver enters a highway or another street while traveling in the wrong direction. Other common causes leading to these types of accidents include:
- Improperly passing another vehicle on a one-way road.
- Drivers making a sharp turn too quickly.
- Fatigued drivers falling asleep behind the wheel and veering into another lane.
- Drivers attempting to avoid an object in the road.
Although front impact accidents only make up two percent of all motor vehicle crashes, they are also responsible for 10 percent of all fatal accidents. Even when fatalities do not result from a front impact accident, significant, life-altering injuries can. These collisions can leave victims with spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia or quadriplegia, as well as traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and internal injuries.Holding Careless Drivers Responsible
Most front impact accidents are results of one or more drivers’ negligence. Generally, a victim, or plaintiff, must show another person’s negligence in a personal injury case by establishing that the defendant driver breached their duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would in the circumstances. For example, attempting to pass another vehicle on a one-way road or highway without sufficient time, or illegally crossing a double yellow line, may be viewed as a breach of reasonable care. A plaintiff must also prove that the defendant’s breach was a proximate cause of their injuries and that damages were incurred.
In situations in which a front impact accident involves an inebriated driver, a plaintiff may only need to prove ‘negligence per se,’ which requires establishing that the defendant was in violation of a law passed in order to protect a certain group of people. Florida’s drunk driving laws are in place to protect others on the road from the harmful actions of people under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Therefore, when a drunk driver causes a front impact accident with another vehicle, negligence per se is established. Damages available to victims include past and future medical costs, lost income or diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. People who have lost loved ones in a fatal crash may also receive compensation for burial or funeral expenses and loss of consortium damages.Enlist a Vigorous Attorney in Port St. Lucie to Pursue Compensation
Serious injuries sustained in car accidents require long-term recovery, as well as exponential costs. The Port St. Lucie lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are committed to making sure that victims obtain the financial aid that they need to fully heal from injuries caused by a negligent driver. We represent residents of Stuart, West Palm Beach, and Jupiter, as well as other cities across Martin, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties. If you need legal assistance in the aftermath of a front impact accident or any other type of motor vehicle collision, call our office today at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online to set up a no-cost, risk-free appointment to find out more about your legal options.