When you get on your local highway for your daily commute you don’t expect to end up in hospital due to road rage from another driver which caused a head on collision. This is the worst type of accident imaginable. If you or your passengers don’t suffer life-threatening injuries, you were very lucky.
When a car is being driven straight toward you panic often ensues and you may not know what to do to avoid the possible collision and serious injuries. Fortunately, most states have provisions for accidents that aren’t the victim’s fault and you may be able to file a personal injury claim in order to recoup the financial hardship of your injury. It is advisable to talk to a personal injury attorney first to ensure that you have adequate evidence to prove the head on collision wasn’t your fault.
What Do I do After a Head-on Collision Road Rage Accident?
The first thing you have to do once you have recovered sufficiently is to calculate whether you are able to gather sufficient evidence to prove the accident wasn’t your fault. It’s only by doing this will you have good grounds to file a personal injury claim.
The sorts of essential evidence include:
- witness’s reports indicating you weren’t to blame for the road rage head on collision accident;
- a police report compiled by the officer who attended the accident;
- a medical report from your doctor outlining the severity of your injuries, your treatment plan and likely recovery time.
Once you have established that sufficient evidence is at your disposal you will need to check to make sure you haven’t missed the deadline for filing a claim. This is usually between 12 months and 3 years depending on the state where the accident took place.
This is called the statute of limitations. It’s unlikely you will be able to file a claim if this date has been passed. It’s so easy to happen if it’s taken some time for you to recover enough to even think about filing a personal injury claim.
What Injuries Usually Happen in a Road Rage Head-on Collision?
Depending on the speed of the road rage driver you are likely to be at least moderately injured, meaning you will need medical treatment and time off work to recover.
The types of injuries that are most likely to result are:
- serious head injuries;
- crushed torso;
- broken bones;
- shoulder and neck injuries.
Most of these injuries will require a stay in hospital and a substantial time at home recovering.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
In most cases you certainly will need the assistance of a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can help ensure you receive the correct amount of compensation to cover the damages from the accident as well as any future expenses that will arise. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation to be put in contact with a lawyer that can help you get the compensation you need.