While many road accidents can result in serious injury, head-on collisions are particularly dangerous. These collisions occur when a driver crosses a dividing line between lanes, veering into oncoming traffic. When the front of two vehicles strike one another, the force of the collision can often result in serious injury or even death.
For example, a recent news article reported that two drivers died following a head-on collision in Fortville, Indiana. According to the article, the driver of one vehicle traveled to the left, crossing the center dividing line between lanes. She then collided with a driver in the opposite lane head-on. Both drivers died from their injuries.
What Are the Causes of a Head-On Collision?
There are many situations on the road that can lead to a head-on collision, but two contributing factors may be distracted driving and speeding. Drivers who do not keep their eyes on the road may veer into another lane and collide head-on with another vehicle. Distracted driving can often take the form of “multi-tasking,” such as talking on the phone, eating, or applying makeup while operating a vehicle. Unfortunately, multi-tasking can cause drivers to pay too little attention to the road in front of them, leading to a tragic and avoidable accident. To avoid a head-on collision, avoid performing activities that distract you from the road.
Additionally, a head-on collision may occur when a driver attempts to speed by crossing a dividing line in order to pass a vehicle in the same lane. Too often, drivers may be so focused on arriving to their destination quickly that they do not consider the serious risk of colliding with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Even if you are in a hurry, do not ever attempt to cross a yellow dividing line to pass another vehicle.
Does Indiana Allow Wrongful Death Suits After a Head-On Collision?
Indiana allows a victim’s family to sue for wrongful death if the deceased victim would have a claim had she survived the accident. A plaintiff can sue for medical, funeral, and burial expenses, as well as lost earnings of the deceased victim. Additionally, while no amount of compensation will bring a loved one back, the victim’s spouse can sue to recover the loss of companionship following the victim’s death. The purpose of damages awards following wrongful death suits, as stated in Indiana’s Wrongful Death Act, is to compensate the victim’s family for their losses arising from the victim’s death, both financial and emotional.
In determining whether to award damages to an injured plaintiff, Indiana has a modified comparative negligence system. This means that the deceased victim cannot be more than 50% responsible for the accident. If the victim was equally at fault for the accident as the defendant, the victim’s family can recover damages for the victim’s death.
Have You Been Injured in an Indiana Head-On Collision?
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or died after an Indiana head-on collision, contact Padove Law for assistance. Burton Padove has nearly 40 years of experience in personal injury law, handling cases involving car and other road accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability, and premises liability. Our clients have received significant compensation for their injuries through our firm’s dedicated and skilled representation. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact our office today at 877-446-5294.