Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles traveling in the opposite direction crash straight into each other. This type of car accident often leads to severe injury or fatalities. Head-on collisions may occur when a vehicle is traveling in the wrong lane, striking an unassuming driver as a result. When you or a loved one suffers injuries in a serious head-on collision, you may consider bringing a personal injury lawsuit to hold the negligent driver accountable.
As a recent news article tragically reported, a head-on collision killed a 24-year-old man in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Local police were responding to an unrelated incident when they observed a car driving erratically at a high speed. The car was originally traveling westbound when it suddenly reversed course, slamming into a Jeep that was traveling in the opposite direction. As a result of the head-on crash, a passenger was ejected from the first car. Sadly, he died at the scene. Both drivers and another passenger were transported to the hospital for injuries ranging from minor to serious. Police are still investigating the crash and have not ruled out criminal charges.
What Damages Can You Recover After a New Hampshire Head-On Collision?
A head-on car accident may result in significant injury and property damage. Recognizing these serious consequences, New Hampshire law allows injured plaintiffs to recover compensatory damages. This type of damages award aims to put the injured person in the same position as if the accident never occurred. After a serious head-on collision, plaintiffs may seek compensatory damages to cover medical bills, including psychological treatment for the stress of the accident. Additionally, plaintiffs may seek compensation for future lost earnings if they suffer injuries affecting their ability to work. Finally, they may also pursue compensation for extensive property damage to their vehicle resulting from the accident.
Can You Sue a Negligent Driver for Wrongful Death in New Hampshire?
If a person dies in a head-on collision, their loved one can recover damages in a wrongful death action against the responsible driver. Under New Hampshire law, a party with an interest in the deceased person’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. This often means the deceased’s immediate family can bring a claim. The law permits wrongful death lawsuits under the notion that a person who caused harm should not be able to escape liability just because the victim died before they could hold the person responsible in court. Accordingly, when bringing a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove the same elements of negligence as if the deceased were alive to sue the responsible party themselves.
Have You Been Injured in a New Hampshire Head-On Collision?
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or died in a New Hampshire head-on collision, you may have a claim for relief. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates can help you understand your options for recovery. Our attorneys possess years of experience representing clients in New Hampshire personal injury lawsuits, including head-on collisions and other accidents on the road. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our office at 800-804-2004 or use our website.