Head-on collisions are extremely serious at any speed, simply because of the physics of the collision. Two vehicles traveling towards each other, even at low speeds, essentially double the force of the impact when they collide directly into each other. At low speeds such as 25 miles per hour, there will still certainly be injuries, but at speeds in excess of 50 mph in both directions the likelihood of a fatality significant increases.
If you have been involved in a head-on collision in Fresno and want to be sure that you get all of the money that you deserve from either the insurance company or the other driver, contact Grossman Law Offices as soon as possible and learn about how we can help you starting today. We offer a free initial consultation where you will be able to learn more about our practice, our history of successful cases representing clients in similar situations to your own, and get answers to some of the questions that we are sure you have been on your mind.
Stress has been proven to play a serious and detrimental role in recovery from physical injuries, and it is our top priority to give you the mental and emotional space that you need in order to prioritize your health and getting your life back on track after this serious accident. Read more below about how we will work to calculate the damages owed to you, and how we will fight to get them for you.
Calculating Damages After a Head-On Crash
When you are in a car accident that someone else caused, you will likely begin your communications with their insurance company very shortly after the incident. The insurance adjuster that you will be working with will go through the details of your accident, calculate what you are owed, and make you a settlement offer that requires you to waive your right to any future legal action against their client. This settlement amount is the bare minimum you are owed, and will likely not address many of the factors that you should be compensated for. This is when the team at Grossman Law Offices begins negotiations, which we will move to a full lawsuit if unable to reach a fair agreement.
Damages in a personal injury case come in two different types:
Economic damages are the types of damages people generally think of when dealing with an insurance company: medical bills, hospital costs, recovery expenses, lost wages, and other issues with measurable financial impacts. While these are very important to your case, they only tell a portion of the picture.
Non-economic damages are more complicated because they address the intangible aspects of an accident like the pain, suffering, and anguish that a victim must endure as a result of their injuries and the impact on their lives. They go beyond the initial injury and account for things such as depression and loss of enjoyment and a diminished quality of life, as well, in cases where your injuries impact your ability to live as you could before the accident.
In order to determine non-economic damage amounts, one common option is to use a “multiplier” as an analog for the severity of these impacts and apply it to the economic damages suffered. For example, a multiplier of 3x and economic damages of $50,000 will result in non-economic damages of $150,000. Typically, these are the damages that are most up for debate and disagreement during a negotiation period, but they are just as important as the economic damages to ensure you are fairly compensated.
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The sooner you begin working with an attorney, the sooner we will be able to bring this chapter of your life to a close and give you the peace of mind to move forward with your recovery and to get your life back on track. Our history of successes in the Fresno court system will be a major asset to your case and will give you the confidence you need to get through this time.