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Head-on Car Accident Lawyer

Every year, thousands of vehicle drivers and passengers are seriously injured or killed in head-on collisions. Most of these types of accidents involve one vehicle departing their lane of traffic and colliding with oncoming vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. When a head-on car accident results in injuries or a fatality, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are ready to assist you or your family during all phases of negotiation and litigation. Our firm has successfully resolved many head-on car accident cases in Chicago and is ready to do the same for you.

Although national and state transportation agencies implement safety measures to prevent these types of accidents, head-on crashes are still among the most deadly types of accidents involving motorists and passengers.

Causes Of Head-On Auto Collisions

Most head-on collisions happen when a driver becomes distracted, looses control of the vehicle or is otherwise impaired. The most common causes of head-on accidents involve:

  • Driving under the influence. Alcohol or drug impairment often result in head-on collisions. (DUI Accidents see here)
  • Distracted driving. Cell phone and other electronic devices can distract drivers and cause them to swerve into oncoming traffic. (Texting and distracted driving cases click here)
  • Fatigued driving. Falling asleep at the wheel or driving while fatigued cause up to 20% of all serious accidents every year, including head-on collisions. (For information on driver fatigue look here)
  • Reckless driving. Drivers who try to pass vehicles by swerving over into oncoming traffic or are speeding and loose control of their vehicle can cause head-on collisions. (For information on Reckless Driving look here.)
  • Road conditions. Inclement weather, objects in the roadway and poor road maintenance can cause drivers to leave their lane of travel.

Determining Fault in Illinois Lane-Crossover Car Accidents

In almost all cases, the driver who leaves their lane and hits another vehicle head-on will be liable or at fault for the accident. According to Illinois state law, no driver should change lanes without first making sure it is safe to do so.

(625 ILCS 5/11-709) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-709)
Sec. 11-709. Driving on roadways laned for traffic. Whenever any roadway has been divided into 2 or more clearly marked lanes for traffic the following rules in addition to all others consistent herewith shall apply.
(a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.

In many cases, the driver of the vehicle who causes the crash will be cited for a traffic violation. However, it is not necessary for the driver to receive a citation for the accident for them to be held liable for the accident and the injuries it causes.

Recovering Damages for Injuries Sustained in Head-On Traffic Accidents

For victims of a head-on collision, recovery can be long and painful, if they survive the crash. In 2010, one tenth of all traffic fatalities were head-on crashes, totaling more than 3,900 individual accidents. Those who do survive often face severe injuries that can be financially, physically and emotionally challenging to overcome. The intensity of head-on motor vehicle collisions may lead to injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Lacerations to the face
  • Fractures to the legs, arms and ribs
  • Fatalities

Chicago Injury Attorneys You Can Count On After A Head-On Auto Accident

head-on-car-accidentRosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC help victims of head-on accidents recover financial damages for their medical costs, wage losses and even pain and suffering. Our team of Chicago auto accident attorneys understands complex Illinois and local laws that pertain to these types of vehicular accidents. Our law firm will use our extensive knowledge and years of experience to secure the best financial outcome in your injury case. Contact us a free, no-obligation consultation. We do not charge a fee unless we are able to obtain a financial award on your behalf.

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Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld. Michonne Proulx
Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own. Ethan Armstrong
This lawyer really helped me get compensation for my motorcycle accident case. I know there is no way that I could have gotten anywhere near the amount that Mr. Rosenfeld was able to get to settle my case. Thank you. Daniel Kaim
Jonathan helped my family heal and get compensation after our child was suffered a life threatening injury at daycare. He was sympathetic and in constant contact with us letting us know all he knew every step of the way. We were so blessed to find Jonathan! Giulia
Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa