There are many different ways that two motor vehicles can collide and cause injury, though a head-on collision is one of the most dangerous kinds of auto accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head-on collisions are the second most deadly type of car crash in the United States, resulting in over 3,500 fatalities in 2012 alone.
A head-on collision occurs when the front of one vehicle collides with the front of another vehicle. Head-on collisions are considered to be so dangerous since they often happen when both vehicles are moving at high speeds in opposite directions and there is generally little time for a driver to slow down at all or attempt to swerve out of the way. These accidents occur most frequently on rural highways, since roads tend to have only two lanes, have numerous curves and hills, and sometimes dangerously high speed limits. However, statistics do show that 7 percent of urban auto accidents involve a head-on collision.
Head-on collisions can be especially devastating if a large size and weight difference exists between the two vehicles. For example, if a semi-truck collides head-on with a small passenger vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle will likely suffer severe, if not fatal, injuries. No matter what the circumstances may be surrounding your accident, an experienced Philadelphia head-on collision attorney at the Levin Firm can help you.
Even if victims of head-on collisions survive, they often suffer injuries, including the following:
• Spinal cord injury
• Traumatic brain injury
• Skull or facial fractures
• Back and neck soft tissue injuries
• Internal hemorrhage
• Damage to vital organs
• Head trauma
• Crushed limbs
• Broken or fractured bones
While some of these injuries may be relatively minor, such as a concussion, others may be catastrophic and may leave victims with permanent disabilities or disfigurement. Many victims of head-on collisions require emergency trauma treatment, hospitalization, surgical procedures, visits to specialists, special medical equipment, medications, rehabilitative and/or physical therapy, home health care, and more. In addition to the required medical treatment, injured victims of head-on collisions may not be able to return to school or jobs for quite some time—if ever at all. Lost income or professional opportunities can only place greater financial and emotional stress on accident victims.
The good news is that victims of head-on collisions that occurred due to another party’s negligence have the ability to recover for their accident-related losses by filing a personal injury claim. In order to prevail in such a claim, however, you must identify the negligent party and provide adequate proof of their negligence. Some common examples of negligence that results in head-on collisions include the following:
• Distracted driving
• Impaired driving
• Fatigued driving
• Drifting across a double yellow line or median
• Improper passing
• Driving the wrong way down a one-way street
• Speeding too fast around a curve
• Drag racing
• Tire blowouts or other defective auto parts that cause a driver to lose control
• Potholes or other dangerous road hazards that cause a driver to lose control
As you can see, negligence leading to a head-on collision can be on the part of another driver, a government entity responsible for road maintenance, an auto part manufacturer, and more. Investigation to identify negligence can often be complex and may include witness interviews, expert accident reconstruction analysis, and more. An experienced lawyer will have access to the resources necessary to demonstrate that your head-on collision—and your resulting injuries—happened due to the negligence of another party so that you may receive the compensation you deserve for your losses.
If you have suffered injury in a head-on collision, your physical recovery and health is understandably your first priority. However, you should always consult with an experienced Philadelphia head-on collision lawyer as soon as possible to discuss how you can recover for your losses. Even if you recover physically, you will still likely be facing extensive bills for medical treatment, combined with lost wages, costs to repair property damage, and much more.
Pennsylvania law only gives you two years to file a personal injury claim following an auto accident; after that time has expired, your case will likely be dismissed and you will be unable to recover. It can often take some time to properly prepare for filing a lawsuit, which can require investigation, witness interviews, complex calculations, the analysis of experts, preparation of numerous documents, and more. For this reason, you should never wait until the last minute to consult with an attorney. Please do not delay in calling 877-825-8542 to discuss your case with the Levin Firm for free today.
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