Everything You Need to Know About Head-On Collisions in Pennsylvania

head on collision car accident
May 3, 2018
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

Car accidents come in many forms, with head-on collisions being one of the worst. A head-on collision is just that – an accident that involves two vehicles that collide, front end to front end. These types of accidents can have serious, even life-threatening or fatal, consequences. Sadly, in Pennsylvania, head-on collisions occur more often than you may think. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were nearly 4,800 head-on collisions in 2016, resulting in 132 fatalities.

It’s important to obtain legal representation if you are involved in a head-on collision. Because the injuries can be so serious, even up to death, you will likely acquire significant medical expenses due to the accident. Additionally, you may suffer lost wages, disability, or other damages for which you are entitled to compensation. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will protect your rights and advocate for the best financial recovery in your case.

Where are Head-On Collisions Most Likely to Happen?

While head-on collisions can happen nearly anywhere there are two cars, they do tend to happen more commonly in the following areas:

  • High traffic roads and highways
  • Rural two-lane roads
  • Intersections with multiple lanes
  • Garages and parking lots
  • Roadways with construction zones
  • Entrance and exit ramps on highways

What Causes Head-On Collisions?

Typically, head-on collisions are caused by a driver’s negligence. For example, they occur when a driver is:

  • Crossing center lines or medians
  • Swerving (to avoid obstacles in the road)
  • Ignoring or failing to see traffic lights or signs
  • Speeding
  • Driving the wrong way
  • Failing to use turn signals (especially when changing lanes)
  • Distracted while driving (texting, talking on the phone, eating, etc.)
  • Sleepy or drowsy
  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Passing other vehicles carelessly or recklessly

There are other reasons that head-on collisions occur that may not be due to driver negligence like tire blowouts and reduced visibility.

Common Injuries Associated with Head-On Collisions

Two cars hitting each other head-on, with opposing force, can cause catastrophic injuries, including death. The seriousness of the injuries of drivers and passengers can be affected by a variety of factors including whether seat belts were being worn, if airbags deploy, if car seats were being used for children, the speed of the vehicles involved, and where in the car a person was located prior to the collision.

Some of the common injuries that are seen in head-on accidents are:

  • Neck and head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Concussion
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage
  • Bruising
  • Lacerations
  • Broken teeth
  • Burns
  • Airbag and seat belt injuries
  • Death

Financial Recovery for Head-On Collision Injuries

In order to recover compensation for damages that resulted from a head-on collision, you have to prove that another party caused the crash. If you are able to prove that the other driver was negligent, reckless, careless, or distracted and that his or her behavior caused your accident, then you may be entitled to a financial recovery in the case. You may be entitled to damages including your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

It’s important that you consult with an experienced car accident lawyer to represent you in your claim. Your attorney will investigate your accident, gather evidence, consult with experts, connect your injuries to the accident, value the damages you have sustained, and communicate with insurance companies on your behalf.

Let Rand Spear Help You with Your Car Accident Case

If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision, car accident attorney, Rand Spear, will help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Rand Spear is an experienced lawyer who will investigate your case, work to prove that the driver who was at fault caused your injuries and that your injuries resulted from the accident.

Contact our offices today for a fee evaluation of your case. We can help you proceed and advise you through the legal process.

Rand Spear
Two Penn Center Plaza, Suite 200
1500 J.F.K. Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

T: (215) 985-2424

Prior results cannot and do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future case. Recoveries always depend upon the facts and circumstances of each case, the injuries suffered, damages incurred, and the responsibility of those involved.