What You Need to Know About Head-On Collisions in Pennsylvania
Posted On behalf of Schmidt Kramer on Feb 20, 2018 in Car Accidents
A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles hit each other, front end to front end. In 2016, 4,764 head-on collisions occurred in Pennsylvania, causing 132 deaths – or approximately one in every 10 vehicle accident fatalities – according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
If you or someone you love was injured in a head-on collision caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At Schmidt Kramer, our Harrisburg car accident attorneys fight for the rights of accident victims, working to maximize their compensation.
Request a free, no obligation consultation with our legal team today and learn the legal options available to you.
Call us today at (888) 476-0807 to discuss your claim.
Where Do Head-On Collisions Occur?
Head-on collisions can happen almost anywhere, but they tend to occur more frequently at the following locations:
- Busy roads and highways
- Two-lane rural roads
- Multiple-lane intersections
- Parking lots and garages
- Construction zones
- Highway entrance and exit ramps
What Causes Head-On Collisions?
Head-on collisions are commonly caused by driver negligence, such as when a driver is:
- Ignoring traffic lights and signals
- Crossing center lines or medians
- Swerving (such as to avoid roadway obstacles)
- Driving the wrong way
- Not using turn signals when changing lanes
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Passing other vehicles carelessly
Other common reasons for head-on collisions include tire blowouts and poor visibility. Drivers should not drive during severe weather or if there are problems with the vehicle.
Injuries from Head-On Collisions
Due to the catastrophic impact of two vehicles striking each other with opposing force, head-on collisions often cause severe injuries or even death. The severity of injuries can be affected by factors such as safety devices (seat belts, airbags, child safety seats), vehicle speed, and the location of the injured person in the automobile.
Common injuries resulting from head-on collisions include:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Head and neck injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Airbag injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
- Broken teeth
Compensation for Head-On Collision Injuries
To recover compensation for your head-on collision injuries, you must be able to prove another party caused the accident. If another driver was negligent, careless, reckless or distracted and his or her behavior caused the crash, you may be entitled for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
It is in your best interest to consult with a qualified Harrisburg car accident lawyer when seeking compensation for your injuries. Your lawyer will:
- Investigate the accident
- Gather evidence supporting the cause of the accident
- Connect your injuries to the collision
- Accurately value the damages you have suffered
- Communicate with the insurance company
Contact Our Harrisburg Car Accident Lawyers Now
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a head-on collision, Schmidt Kramer’s Harrisburg car accident attorneys will work to help you obtain maximum compensation. Our experienced lawyers will investigate your claim, and we will work to prove that the at-fault driver caused the accident and that your injuries resulted from the collision.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with our legal team. We will advise you what legal options are available for pursuing compensation and guide you through the legal process. We work on contingency only, so there is no cost to you unless we recover compensation in your case.