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December 07, 2019

Determining Who’s at Fault in a Head-On Collision

Few accidents are as terrifying as being injured in a head-on collision. When you’ve suffered debilitating injuries after being involved in a car wreck of this nature, you should be able to hold the liable party accountable for their negligence.

However, you might be unsure who is responsible for covering your losses. Below, we discuss the different entities who could be found at fault for causing your head-on collision.

When the Other Driver Is Liable

Often, the driver of the vehicle that struck you will be found culpable. This is typically due to an error the driver made in some way. Perhaps they were driving aggressively or maybe they were driving while fatigued. Alternately, you could have been hit by a drunk driver or someone who was driving while distracted.

There are many reasons that a driver should opt to not get behind the wheel. But in any case, if they chose to drive unsafely and irresponsibly, they should be held liable for the damage they’ve caused as a result of the head-on collision.

Other Parties That Could Be Culpable for Your Losses

It might come as a surprise to learn that the driver who hit you might not have done anything wrong to cause the accident. There could have been a faulty car part that caused them to strike you, for example, or maybe there was debris in the road that caused them to swerve and hit your car.

With cases like these, your attorney will need to file a claim against the automaker or the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to recover your damages. Caltrans is responsible for maintaining safe roadways, and parts manufacturers are obligated to ensure the safety of their parts. For this reason, you could file a claim against someone other than the driver who struck your vehicle.

Get Help from an Orange County Car Accident Lawyer

When you’re ready to move forward with your case, speak with a qualified Orange County car accident lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove LLP. Our firm is prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 1-844-404-2400 or fill out the quick contact page we’ve provided below to schedule your free claim evaluation today.

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