The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) defines a head-on collision as “a crash in which vehicles traveling in opposite directions, on the same road, collide.” Of the 128,420 crashes that occurred in Pennsylvania in 2018, 5,089 of them were head-on. While head-on collisions only represented four percent of the overall number of crashes in 2018, they accounted for nearly 12 percent of fatalities. These statistics show how dangerous head-on collisions can be.
If you or a loved one were harmed in a head-on collision, you do not need to handle the process alone. The Pittsburgh head-on collisions lawyers at Berger and Green are ready to help you hold the irresponsible parties accountable for their careless actions. Contact Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 for a free case assessment and learn how we can help.
Causes of Head-On Collisions Stem Often from Careless or Inattentive Drivers
Head-on collisions may be caused by various reasons, but they tend to be at the fault of a careless or inattentive driver. Some common causes of head-on collisions include:
- Drivers driving the wrong way due to inattention, not following traffic signs correctly, or drug or alcohol impairment
- Drivers overcorrecting once they drift into another lane
- Fatigued drivers who fall asleep at the wheel
- Drivers who disobey traffic signs or rules
- Passing another vehicle when it is not safe to do so
- Texting or talking on the phone while driving
- Adverse weather conditions that limit visibility
- Defective vehicles or improper maintenance of a vehicle
- Failing to slow down in construction zones
Head-On Collisions Can Lead to Severe Injuries
Because head-on collisions often involve both parties driving at higher rates of speed, the resulting injuries may be devastating. Head-on collisions are more likely to cause fatalities and serious injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Chest injuries
- Amputation or disfigurement
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Complex or multiple fractures
- Crushed legs, feet, arms, or hands
These injuries may require ongoing medical care and may be expensive to treat. They may also alter your life, preventing you from returning to work and enjoying favorite pastimes.
You may be able to pursue a claim to seek compensation for these and other losses. Call us at Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 to speak with a member of our team about how one of our car accident lawyers may be able to help your case.
File a Claim to Recover Potential Damages from a Head-On Collision
In Pennsylvania, if you are injured in a car accident, you can pursue compensation for damages that are directly or indirectly caused by the accident. These damages vary by each case, but they may include:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Prescription medication costs
- Counseling costs
- Mental injuries
- Lost time from work
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
The potential losses in head-on collision cases may be extremely high due to the seriousness of the injuries, but you may be eligible to recover the entirety of your losses.
What to Do After Being Injured in a Head-On Collision
After you receive prompt medical care, there are several things that you can do to protect your legal rights and the potential value of your claim. Be sure that you keep track of the medical records and bills that you receive after seeking treatment. You may need to provide these records to your lawyer, and they can be useful in making the connection between the collision and your injuries.
Request a copy of the accident report that law enforcement prepared when they responded to the scene. You may be able to receive a copy of your report online, or you can contact the Pennsylvania State Police Crash Report Unit. The report may contain information that is helpful to your claim, such as:
- Contact and insurance information for the negligent driver
- Contact information for any eyewitnesses
- The police officer’s impressions on what they believed caused the accident
- Pictures of the accident scene
- A statement that the other driver received a citation
The costs involved in a head-on collision are often staggering, so it is important that you quickly take steps to protect your rights by hiring a Pittsburgh head-on collisions lawyer. They may begin the process of gathering additional evidence for your claim and communicating with the insurance company so that you can focus on your recovery.
How Our Lawyers at Berger and Green Can Help Your Case
Our lawyers are familiar with the process of pursuing compensation for car accident claims. Our founding attorney Laurence B. Green has more than 40 years of experience in handling personal injury claims. Collectively, our team has handled thousands of car accidents and other personal injury claims. We can get to work on your claim to establish the other driver’s negligence and to support your demand for damages.
Our team will handle communication with the insurance companies on your behalf. Our team will carefully consider all offers and can advise you on whether it is fair compensation based on the severity of your injuries.
If a fair settlement is not obtained, we can discuss the possibility of moving forward with a personal injury lawsuit. If you go this route, we take appropriate measures so that your claim is filed within the statute of limitations, which is generally two years from the date of the accident, according to the 42 Pa. CSA § 5524.
If you or your loved one got hurt in a head-on collision, the Pittsburgh head-on collisions lawyers at Berger and Green can help. We will manage your case on your behalf, fighting for the compensation to which you are entitled. Call us at (412) 661-1400 to get started on your claim.