Stephen Hasner | News | September 12, 2020
Bennie Amey III, better known as Blanco Brown, spent more than 12 hours in surgery following a head-on collision in Atlanta. According to reports, Brown is currently in ICU, but he may require additional surgeries to treat the accident injuries.
The car accident happened near Fairburn Road SW and Mays Crossing on August 31, 2020, around 11:18 p.m. Brown suffered severe injuries and was unable to provide a statement to the police at the accident scene.
According to the police, the other driver said that he was driving north on Fairburn Road. The driver said that he saw what appeared to be motorcycle headlights headed toward him in his lane. Allegedly, Brown may have crashed head-on with the car.
The accident was still under investigation at the time of the news report.
Head-On Accidents Cause Severe Injuries
A head-on crash is one of the most serious types of traffic accidents. The drivers and occupants of both vehicles are at a high risk of sustaining server injuries during the collision.
Common injuries caused by head-on car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Seat belt and airbag injuries
- Chest injuries
In many cases, the drivers or occupants may be thrown from the vehicles during the collision. Being ejected from a vehicle often results in fatal injuries. High speeds can increase the risk of traumatic and life-threatening injuries.
Causes of Head-On Collisions in Atlanta
There are many reasons for a frontal crash. Most of the reasons are attributed to human error and negligence. Sadly, many of the frontal crashes that occur each year are preventable.
Common reasons that vehicles collide head-on are:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Fatigued or drowsing driving
- Poor visibility
- Improper lane changes and passing
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Excessive speeds
- Reckless driving
Victims of a head-on collision may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses. However, the victim has the burden of proving that the other driver was at fault for the cause of the collision. If the accident victim cannot prove the other driver caused the crash, the victim cannot recover compensation for an injury claim.
Proving fault in a head-on collision can be difficult, especially when there are conflicting accounts of the accident and no other witnesses to back up either driver’s version of events. However, there are ways to prove fault in a head-on crash even though there are no eyewitnesses or video evidence of the crash.
Using the Evidence From the Crash to Prove Fault
Accident reconstructionists can often use the evidence from the crash to determine how the accident occurred. The placement of the vehicles and the damage to the vehicles can provide data that is then used to recreate how the accident occurred. Additionally, the placement of debris on the road and skid marks, or lack of skid marks, can help.
Engineers, vehicle experts, and other professionals may assist in determining how a car accident occurred. A car accident lawyer can help accident victims locate experts who can help build a case of fault against the other driver.
While experts work to determine how the collision occurred, the attorney continues to investigate the car accident.
A car accident attorney does not rely only on the police report for evidence.
The attorney conducts an independent investigation into the cause of the car crash. The police may have overlooked information or may not have searched diligently for nearly surveillance cameras that could have captured the accident as it occurred. An attorney ensures that all avenues of investigation are pursued to gather evidence of liability.
Recovering Compensation for a Head-On Crash
Once you can prove that the other driver caused the accident, you can demand compensation for your injuries, financial losses, and other damages. However, you must also have proof of your damages to recover compensation.
Your attorney works with you and your doctors to obtain proof of your damages. Saving all receipts, bills, invoices, and other evidence of your financial losses and expenses is essential if you want reimbursement for those expenses. Keeping a log of time missed from work is also a crucial step in recovering compensation for loss of income.
In most car accident cases, victims receive compensation for damages including:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Personal care expenses
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Scarring, disability, and disfigurement
- Future damages for ongoing medical care, decreases in earning potential, and loss of income
The amount of compensation you may receive for a car accident claim depends on numerous factors. Careful documentation of your damages throughout the case improves your chance of receiving full compensation for your claim.