Los Angeles Head-On Collision Attorney


Head-on collisions often occur in the Los Angeles area when a motorist is traveling the wrong way down a neighborhood road or highway. While head-on collisions can happen almost anywhere in the Los Angeles area, including at low speeds in parking lots or local roads, many of these kinds of accidents occur at high speeds on freeways, such as on the 405 or the 5. These kinds of crashes can be extremely dangerous, often resulting in life-threatening and fatal injuries. Whether you have been injured in a head-on collision yourself or lost a loved one in a devastating wrong-way accident, an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney at our firm can help you to seek the financial compensation you need and deserve.

Understanding Head-On Collisions in Los Angeles

Head-on collisions are relatively rare in Southern California and throughout the country in comparison with other types of crashes. Yet head-on collisions tend to have an outsized impact on the rate of deadly motor vehicle crashes. Indeed, the Insurance Information Institute estimates that only about 2 percent of all accidents reported each year are head-on collisions, but these types of crashes account for more than 10 percent of all identified road fatalities.

Many head-on collisions result from drivers going the wrong way. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “fatal wrong-way driving crashes . . . are a persistent and devastating threat that is only getting worse.” To be sure, more than 2,000 fatalities occur each year as a result of wrong-way collisions, and that number is on the rise. According to Dr. David Yang, who serves as the executive director of AAA, “wrong-way crashes on divided highways are often fatal as they are typically head-on collisions.”

How Head-On Collisions Happen in Los Angeles, California

Head-on collisions can happen in a variety of ways in the Los Angeles area and for many different reasons. Most often, according to AAA, the motorist who causes a head-on collision is intoxicated, distracted, or too drowsy to be driving. The following are examples of situations in which a head-on collision may occur:

  • Drunk or drugged driver crosses over the median or the double-yellow lines on a divided highway and crashes head-on into oncoming traffic;
  • Distracted driver, perhaps as a result of looking down to read an email, crosses over the median or the double-yellow lines on a divided highway and crashes head-on into oncoming traffic;
  • Intoxicated driver uses the off-ramp as an on-ramp to a freeway, colliding into oncoming traffic;
  • Drowsy driver falls asleep at the wheel and drifts into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on accident; or
  • Motorist intentionally drives the wrong way down a parking lot vehicle path or a neighborhood street in an attempt to get to a destination or parking spot more quickly and collide head-on with another vehicle.

Statute of Limitations for a Head-On Collision in Los Angeles

The statute of limitations in California for most head-on collisions is two years. However, the point at which the clock begins ticking will depend upon whether you are filing a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for injuries you sustained or a wrongful death lawsuit.

In a personal injury lawsuit arising out of a head-on collision, the clock will start to tick on the date of the head-on crash. From that point, the injured person has two years to file a lawsuit against any liable party. After that two-year time window is up, the case will be time-barred by California law. Differently, in a wrongful death lawsuit arising out of a head-on collision, the clock will start to tick on the date of the decedent’s death. This is an important distinction because a person might initially survive a head-on crash, even if they are on life support, for a number of days, weeks, or even longer. The two-year statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit will not begin on the date of the accident, but rather the date of death, which may be significantly longer than the date of the collision.

Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Head-On Collision Attorneys

 If you or someone you love recently sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision, it is critical to seek advice from one of our Los Angeles head-on collision lawyers as soon as possible. Whether you are planning to file a personal injury claim on your own behalf or you need help with a wrongful death lawsuit after losing someone in a wrong-way crash, our firm can help. We know how devastating head-on collisions can be, and we will do everything we can to help you achieve the financial compensation you need and deserve. Contact Fisher & Talwar today for more information.

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