A head-on crash is one of the worst car accidents there is. You are usually better off getting in an accident with a tractor-trailer in any other way than hitting another car head-on. If you have been injured in a head-on crash, you probably have severe injuries and need compensation for your injuries for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Head-on crash cases are usually easier to prove than other car crashes. This is because there is often a lot of physical evidence available. Attorneys can look at braking times, skid marks, black box data, and more to prove who caused the accident. With these accidents, it is usually not difficult to show the jury what happened and why. For this reason, most head-on accident cases settle before trial.
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Head-On Crash Accident Settlements
But what are head-on crashes worth at the settlement table? Research indicates the median award in head-on crashes is approximately $30,000. But this is misleading. Many frontal crash cases settle long before there is a trial, and many of the cases that have been reported are back strains. Such accidents are usually minor parking lot incidents with little damage.
But there are many other examples of major head-on crashes that involve severe injury that are usually worth tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. In some of the worst head-on crash cases, the only reason the case did not settle for more was the insurance coverage ran out.
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Below are some sample head-on crash settlements that have been published online:
- 2014: $96,500. A 21-year-old male filed a personal injury lawsuit after suffering severe injuries in a head-on crash where the other driver crossed the median. The plaintiff suffered a major ankle fracture and had to have two screws implanted. He was left with a permanent limp and could no longer work as a waiter. He claimed $34,100 in medical costs and $12,600 in lost earnings. The jury also awarded him $50,000 for pain and suffering.
2012: $950,000: A driver was hit head-on by another vehicle that crossed the median. He suffered humorous, hip, and thoracic spine fractures. He had to have several surgeries to repair the humerus fracture and a right hip replacement. He had permanent scarring on his arms and legs. She received $600,000 for medical bills, $300,000 for future medical costs, $25,000 in lost earnings, and $25,000 in future earnings.
2013: $20,000: A nursing assistant was injured when she was involved in a head-on crash. She suffered soft tissue injuries in the cervical and lumbar areas that required physical therapy. She claimed $9600 in medical bills and $2040 in lost earnings. She was awarded $20,000 for medical bills and lost earnings and $8200 in pain and suffering.
The above examples and average back injury settlement amount are just to give you an idea of what these cases might be worth. You should talk to an experienced head on accident injury attorney to learn what your specific case might be worth.
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