Car accidents are scary things. But there is one type of accident that conjures our deepest fears, a head-on collision.
And for good reason. Head-on collisions are one of the deadliest wrecks that occur. Philly Injury Law can help you and your family through a head-on car accident, and we will make sure that you have the medical and financial compensation you will need.
At Philly Injury Law, we see far too many head-on collision claims. These catastrophic accidents almost always involve severe injuries and can be complicated by the laws of Pennsylvania. Our attorneys have intimate knowledge of the laws that the insurance companies will use to reduce or avoid paying for your head-on accident. We believe in fighting for justice for injured Pennsylvanians
Facts About Head-On Collisions in Pennsylvania
Head on collisions are violent and cause the vehicles and occupants to come to a sudden stop. Air bags and seat belts may help, but it is all a jarring experience. And two of the most feared scenarios happen all too frequently as a result, people can be ejected during a head-on collision, or, they become trapped inside the wreckage.
The resulting injuries can be devastating and require comprehensive medical treatment. Often, a head-on collision is a life changing event for those involved. You would be wise to retain the best car accident lawyer available to protect your rights and help you through what may be the hardest time in your life.
Pennsylvania Police reported 7,468 head-on and opposite direction side-swipe accidents in 2018. More fatal head-on collisions happen on rural roads than urban streets where better lane division and lower speeds reduce the likelihood of death.
Factors That Lead To Head-On Collisions
- Distracted driving- More than 14,000 car accidents in 2018 in Pennsylvania were attributed to distracted driving.
- Alcohol and Drugs- Nearly 10,000 crashes involved alcohol.
- Road Conditions- 13,700 crashes happened due to winter weather.
- Tire Blow-Outs and other Vehicle Defects- Almost 6,000 accidents were caused by mechanical problems such as tire blow-outs.
- Fatigue or Drowsy Driving- 2,500 crashes because of drivers falling asleep or dozing off while driving.
- Improper or Illegal passing- It is not known how many accidents are caused by improper or illegal passing, but it is believed to be a common cause of fatalities on rural roads.
- Speeding- Speed was the major factor in about 4,000 crashes in 2018.
These factors contribute to the majority of causes of the 7,468 head-on collisions in 2018. Many head-on accidents are caused by several of these factors in combination. Alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving have been shown to be significant factors in head-on collisions by the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA).
Steps to Take if You Are Involved in a Head-On Collision
It is absolutely imperative that you contact emergency services immediately if you are involved in a head-on collision, even if the accident is only a side-swipe and you don’t think you were injured. Many injuries that are common in head-on collisions, particularly neck and spine injuries, may not show symptoms at once. Generally, you will need to demonstrate an actual injury to pursue a personal injury claim.
It is usually not possible for the victim to gather evidence at the scene of a head-on collision. If it is possible, make sure to take pictures of the road, vehicles involved, visible road signs, and any other factors that may have contributed to the accident. Try and speak to witnesses if possible. Police and emergency services on scene may provide information for obtaining a police crash report.
You should contact Philly Injury Law as soon as possible if you or a family member were injured in a head-on collision that was not your fault. The sooner our staff can begin getting the facts on your claim, the more likely we will be able to gather the information we need to win.
You will stand the best chance of obtaining a fair settlement that covers your injuries if you retain our car accident lawyers immediately. We will work with your insurance company and the representative of the at-fault driver so you don’t have to stress.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You Recover Damages
We provide a no-cost, no-risk consultation to discuss the facts of your case. Our goal is to protect the rights of injured Pennsylvanians and seek compensation for the victims. If you or a family member have been hurt in a head-on collision that was not your fault, our team of attorneys can make sure you receive the medical, emotional, and financial help to recover.
From your first call until long after we win a fair settlement for your head-on collision, the personal injury attorneys at Philly Injury Law will be there for you. We will fight relentlessly to make sure you are protected.
The first step when we take your case will be to gather evidence. We will get your medical records, police reports, and any other evidence available. Our staff will contact the representative company of the at-fault driver and we will set interviews for witnesses.
Our attorneys will make sure that if you need medical care or physical therapy, you will have access. In many cases, we can arrange care for our clients with no out-of-pocket expenses.
Our car accident attorneys have extensive experience working with insurance companies to get the best care and settlement possible. You can be sure that when we take your case, we will win.
The accident lawyers at Philly Injury Law will be there for you and your family through every step of your claim. We have decades of experience helping injured Pennsylvanians through the traumatic experience of a head-on collision.