West Palm Beach Head-On Collision Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on car collision, contact the West Palm Beach head-on collision lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. today to learn about your legal rights. We’re here to listen to you and help you get justice for yourself and your loved ones. Head-on collisions are one of the most serious forms of auto accidents, and often result in life-altering injuries or even wrongful death. At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., we do not believe that you should not have to go through this difficult time alone.
Often, car accidents in West Palm Beach are caused by negligence or reckless behavior of another driver. Head-on collisions can occur if a driver drifts into oncoming traffic either because of inattention or a dangerous passing maneuver or sometimes if a driver knowingly or unknowingly drives the wrong way on a highway or residential road. If you or someone you love has suffered in a car accident caused by this negligence, an experienced head-on collision lawyer of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. may be able to help you fight for justice and rightful compensation. Call us today at (561) 689-8180.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer?
Being in a head-on collision can be a traumatic experience that can impact a person both physically and mentally. Recovering from your injuries can require lots of time and money. During this time you should not have to worry about handling the injury claims process by yourself. An attorney can help you get the full and fair compensation that you are owed. By hiring a knowledgeable attorney, you can rest easier knowing that:
- They know and understand the law and legal process
- They can evaluate the strength of your claim and identify possible legal causes of action
- They can identify what parties may potentially be liable to you for your injuries
Your attorney is there to diligently represent you and ensure your rights are protected. As such, your attorney can speak with other attorneys, insurance representatives, and other professionals on your behalf to help alleviate some of your stress, and ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
Further, attorneys often consult with medical professionals, accountants, and other experts to determine the extent of your injuries and help calculate to how much compensation you may be entitled. When a victim has suffered injuries from a head-on car collision, the stakes are high as they likely endured severe injuries for which they will need continuing care. Having an attorney represent you in a lawsuit for a head-on car collision can vastly improve your chance of receiving the money you need to recover.
Why Choose Us?
At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., we have been representing clients in car accident and personal injury lawsuits for over 35 years. Over the years we have collected tens of millions of dollars for our clients, and you can trust that we won’t stop fighting until you get the compensation you deserve. Through our years of hard work and dedication, we have earned the esteem of clients and peers alike. In addition to other awards we have received, in 2015 the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys named us “10 Best in Client Satisfaction.”
We recognize that when a victim of a head-on collision comes to us, they have already suffered through a difficult and life-changing event. As such, we strive to treat each client with compassion, respect, and dignity. We pride ourselves on giving clients individualized representation, as we truly care that our clients have a positive outcome. We offer free consultations and do not collect our attorney’s fee until you get paid.
Common Causes of Head-On Collisions in West Palm Beach
Our focus at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. is on personal injury law, including those injuries that result from head-on car accidents. While head-on car collisions occur with less frequency than other types of car crashes, they result in more fatalities and serious injuries than other types of car accidents. Head-on collisions account for three times more fatalities than other types of car accidents. Sadly, head-on collisions are often the result of another party’s negligent or reckless behavior.
Head-on collisions involving trucks, cars, or motorcycles may be caused by a number of factors, from inclement weather to obstructions in the road. However, all too often, these accidents are caused by inattention at the wheel or reckless driving maneuvers. Some of the most common causes of head-on collisions in West Palm Beach include the following:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving while distracted
- Attempting a passing maneuver at an inappropriate time
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Ignoring stop lights or signs
Common injuries a victim of a head-on car accident can suffer from include broken bones, fractures, severe bruising, lacerations, brain injury, and head, neck, and spine trauma. These injuries often mean ongoing visits to the doctor and other professionals, missed time at work resulting in lost wages, and lost time with friends and family.
If you have suffered in an accident caused by a distracted or drunk driver, you should not have to bear the consequences alone. A head-on collision lawyer of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. may help you fight for compensation for your injuries, emotional trauma, and related expenses.
Frequently Asked Questions About Head-On Collisions
What should I do after being involved in a head-on collision?
The first thing that you must do after any automobile accident is immediately seek medical attention. This is true even when you do not think you were hurt. Remember that many injuries may not be apparent right away. If you wait too long to see a doctor, it is very likely that an insurance company will claim that your injuries are not compensable because you did not treat them properly. Other important steps to take in addition to medical care include:
- Take as many pictures of your accident scene as you can
- Look for possible witnesses who saw your crash and get their names and phone numbers
- Do not sign any documents or provide any recorded statements to an insurance company
When you are not able to do this yourself because you need medical attention, ask somebody you know to do these things for you. Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you are able.
How long do I have to file a head-on collision lawsuit?
In Florida, you have four years from the date of your head-on crash to file a lawsuit. If an individual is killed in a head-on collision, their family will have only two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, but that limitations period starts on the date of a person’s death instead of the date of an accident. If a head-on collision victim is a minor or is incapacitated (in a coma), the statute of limitations is extended to seven years from the date of an accident to file suit.
What should I do if an insurance adjuster is asking for my medical records?
You should always refuse any request from insurance adjusters. Your lawyer will handle all dealings with the insurance company for you. If you release your medical records to an insurance claims adjuster on your own, you run the risk of having the injury claim denied because of alleged pre-existing conditions. The attorney who represents you, on the other hand, will be able to protect your privacy as well as your rights to fair and full compensation.
Head-On Collision Statistics
The Insurance Information Institute (III) reported that there were 3,511 head-on collisions in the United States in 2016. Head-on collisions accounted for 10.2 percent of total fatal crashes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head-on crashes account for 13 percent of all rural fatal crashes. Head-on crashes account for less than 7 percent of all urban fatal crashes.
The Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2017 from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles stated that there were over 13,000 accidents that were caused by a driver’s failure to maintain their lane. Of these accidents, 205 were fatal, 695 had incapacitating injuries, 1,549 had non-incapacitating injuries, and 2,456 had possible injuries.
Failure to maintain lane accidents include drivers who are in the wrong lane or going the wrong way on the road. Of this type of accident, 75 were fatal, 138 had incapacitating injuries, 232 had non-incapacitating injuries, 265 had possible injuries.
Contact a Head on Collision Lawyer
Being in a head-on car collision is an event that could leave the victim and their family dealing with many consequences for years to come. In the aftermath of a head-on collision, you should be focused on healing, not legalities. That is why the compassionate-yet-aggressive West Palm Beach attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. are here to help. We are here to take the burden of the legal process off of your shoulders and give you time to recover and be with your family. We will handle all of the paperwork, discussions with insurance adjusters and company representatives, and will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you.
At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., our lawyers are experienced in a broad range of head-on collision cases, and we will work on your behalf to earn you the compensation you deserve. We believe that individuals who cause head-on car accidents need to be held liable to the victims for the damages they cause. Although we realize that money cannot undo the injuries and pain you have suffered, money can allow you time to heal and ease some of your stresses. For a free consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call our West Palm Beach offices at (561) 689-8180 today.