About 2 percent of traffic accidents are head-on collisions; however, such crashes account for more than 10 percent of all driving fatalities and a high percentage of catastrophic injuries. At Cooper Schall & Levy, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting aggressively for the rights of those who have been injured in a head-on collision.
If you have been severely injured in a head-on collision caused by another driver or lost a loved one to wrongful death in this type of car accident, your world has no doubt been turned upside down. The physical and emotional trauma is almost unimaginable and there is a good chance you are also suffering distressing financial losses.
Contact Cooper Schall & Levy for an immediate response and a free consultation. We are well-prepared to work hard to get you the compensation you deserve while you take the time to rest and focus on recovering. We will charge you nothing until we win damages for you.
Having a Highly Skilled Head-On Collision Lawyer Makes a Big Difference
We have decades of experience and a long history of successful outcomes. Our attorneys know precisely how to:
- Investigate the accident site, gather evidence, interview witnesses
- Engage in adept negotiations with opposing counsel
- Examine medical records and police reports to extract pertinent information
- Confer with expert witnesses who may offer supportive testimony
- Use their intricate knowledge of traffic law to your advantage
- Fight for maximum damages in the courtroom
Having superior legal representation will give you the best chance of winning the damages you need to restart your life.
Why Head-On Collisions Are the Most Dangerous Car Accidents
Head-on collisions almost always involve the full force of two moving vehicles and directly impact both drivers. The speed of each vehicle combines to increase the force; if two vehicles moving at 30 mph collide, the force applied to each party is that of a vehicle going 60 mph.
In a head-on collision, both vehicles’ front ends typically crumple, sending shards of glass, sharp metal fragments and loose objects flying. Catastrophic injuries or death can result from the impact and/or from burns if gasoline ignites.
What Causes Head-On Collisions?
While head-on collisions may be caused by insufficient lighting, poor signage, or dangerous weather, most are caused by speeding, driving while impaired, or driving while distracted. These crashes also can occur on narrow or winding streets, on roads where traffic regularly crosses lanes, or on highways where vehicles enter from the wrong way.
In short, head-on collisions may be caused by:
- Poor road conditions
- Blinding weather
- Driver fatigue
- Driving while impaired
- Distracted driving
- Faulty traffic signs or signals
- Multi-vehicle accidents
Injuries Caused By Head-On Collisions
The chances of surviving a head-on collision decrease the faster the vehicles are going, so head-on collisions on highways are usually the most deadly. Even with modern safety features — seatbelts, airbags, automotive warning signals — the number of victims who escape serious or life-altering injuries from head-on collisions is very low. Common injuries caused by head-on collisions include:
- Facial bone fractures (cheekbones, eye sockets, jawbones)
- Other bone fractures, some requiring amputations
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, including whiplash and paralysis
- Muscular injuries (strains, sprains, ligament tears)
- Cuts, bruises, abrasions, internal bleeding
- Organ damage or loss
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
At Cooper Schall & Levy, we are well aware that many, if not most, injuries from head-on collisions are life-changing, resulting in restricted mobility, permanent disfiguration, or cognitive impairment. We will stand by you throughout your ordeal and do everything in our power to get you the resources you need to move forward as comfortably as possible.
Compensation We Will Fight to Recover After Your Head-On Collision
Our head-on collision attorneys have excellent negotiation and litigation skills. We will use them to bring you damages for:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Property damage or loss
- Psychological counseling
- Extended nursing care
- Alterations to your home to make it accessible
- Replacement services (e.g. house cleaning)
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Permanent disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Final medical costs, funeral costs, loss of financial and emotional support (in cases of wrongful death)
Note that the above list includes both economic damages for actual financial losses, as well as non-economic damages for intangibles, such as pain and suffering. In some cases, if the defendant’s behavior was especially egregious, for example, if they were drunk or texting at the time of the crash, we may be able to persuade the court to also award you punitive damages.
Contact Our Experienced Head-On Collision Attorneys Today
No matter how clear-cut the circumstances of your accident seem to be, legal matters can be complicated by a number of factors. That’s why you need the services of an outstanding legal advocate. Contact us now so we can help you navigate the justice system. We will work arduously to ensure that you and your family have a secure future.