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While some types of collisions may only lead to minor property damage, head-on collisions in Delray Beach almost always cause serious and traumatic injuries. Collisions between vehicles moving in opposite directions typically occur at high speeds and on busy roads or highways, where it only takes one moment of distraction to cause devastating harm.

At Aronberg & Aronberg, Injury Law Firm, we believe reckless drivers should be held accountable for the harm they cause to others. Our car accident attorneys could gather evidence from a front-end crash to demonstrate liability and pursue fair compensation through an insurance settlement or civil lawsuit.

Common Causes of Head-On Crashes

While a head-on collision can happen anytime two vehicles are driving opposite ways, there are some common fact patterns our attorneys see in these crashes. Illegal passing is a common cause of front-end crashes. If a driver tries to get ahead of another vehicle but misgauges the amount of space and time they have, they may end up in the wrong lane at the wrong time.

Another common scenario involves one-way roads. While most roads in South Florida have two-way traffic, there are certain roads and certain locations that are one-way only. If a driver who is not familiar with the area turns onto a road the wrong way, it can cause a head-on collision. Our legal team has even seen cases where a driver uses the wrong entrance to get onto a highway or turnpike.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is another common factor in front-end crashes. Impaired motorists no longer have sound judgment and may go the wrong way on the highway or veer into approaching traffic. A Delray Beach attorney with experience managing accident cases knows what evidence to look for to determine who or what caused a head-on collision.

Determining Liability for a Front-End Collision

Liability for a particular crash may depend on where the accident happened and what traffic rules apply to that location. For example, an injury attorney would investigate whether one of the vehicles was going the wrong way, traveling at a high rate of speed, or crossing over a double yellow line. Breaking a traffic law in these ways could be a clear indication of who caused and should be liable for a crash.

It may be possible that no one violated a statute or codified traffic law, but that does not mean no one bears liability. If the jury finds that a person did not act reasonably, as we would expect someone to act while driving a motor vehicle, this recklessness can serve as a basis for liability. There also may have been external factors, such as construction in the area or a problem on the roadway, that could lead to a crash even when motorists act reasonably and responsibly.

Contributory Negligence

Injury cases in South Florida are subject to the legal concept of comparative negligence. This means a jury can assign fault to multiple parties, even to the plaintiff. For example, a collision may occur when one driver is on the wrong side of the road, and another driver is distracted and fails to notice. If driver number one had not been there, the accident would not have happened. However, if driver number two had seen driver number one, they could have stopped their vehicle and avoided the collision. A jury may decide to assign each driver a percentage of fault and reduce their total available compensation by this percentage.

The Florida legislature just passed a Tort Reform law in March 2023 that now prevents an injury party from collecting any damages if found to be 51% or more at fault. Under the old Florida law that same injured person found 51% at fault would be able to collect 49% of his or her damages. A determined Delray Beach attorney could refute allegations of shared fault to try and maximize the compensation available to a head-on collision survivor.

A Delray Beach Attorney Could Manage Your Head-On Collision Case

Head-on collisions in Delray Beach have the potential to cause catastrophic and even fatal harm. Reckless motorists who cause these accidents should be responsible for paying fair compensation, allowing injured parties to pay for their medical needs without financial stress.

The attorneys at Aronberg & Aronberg, Injury Law Firm are prepared to provide compassionate and capable legal guidance. We intentionally limit the number of cases we take on to ensure we can provide attentive support through every step of your case. Call today to get started.