Many car accidents involve lower collision speeds if the cars are traveling the same direction and swerve into each other. Accidents are far more severe when a car hits a stopped vehicle since the full momentum is transferred to the stopped vehicle. However, head-on collisions are often the worse, since both cars are moving towards each other.
If you were hurt in a head-on collision, or if your loved one was killed or injured in a head-on crash, talk to an attorney today. The Philadelphia head-on car accident attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm represent the victims of serious car accident injuries. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling car accident injury trials with compassionate representation. For a free consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (215) 709-6940.
Dangers of Front-End Collisions
When two cars hit each other from the front, the damage can be severe. If one car hits a stopped car, the entire force of its momentum pushes into the other car, and both cars usually suffer severe damage. With these crashes, the higher the speed, the worse the damage usually is. However, two cars traveling towards each other effectively add their speed together when you look at the physics behind the crash. This means that an accident between two cars driving towards each other at 30 mph is similar in seriousness to a car driving 60 mph hitting a stopped vehicle. Since speed is one of the biggest factors in the overall severity of a car crash, front-end crashes often have serious consequences.
Cars are designed to absorb impact and protect the occupants in the case of an accident. Of course, airbags are designed to cushion the blow and protect occupants during a crash. In most modern cars, the front end has the greatest protection from crumple zones. However, windshields are only one layer of protection. If a piece comes loose and strikes the windshield, or if the oncoming car drives up the front of your vehicle, it could shatter or pierce your windshield, causing serious damage and injury.
Most head-on crashes occur because someone violated the rules. There are occasional accidents where one driver will pass out or lose control of the vehicle and slide into oncoming traffic. This is more common in bad weather like snow or ice. More commonly, a head-on crash will occur in situations where a driver making a left turn failed to yield to an oncoming car. These cars may not be exactly lined up, but they often crash straight on or into the front quarter panel of the other car. In rare cases, you may even be involved in a crash where someone was driving the wrong direction on the road, such as a drunk driver.
Suing for Head-On Collisions in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is a “choice no-fault” car insurance state, which may make suing for a car accident somewhat complicated. However, an attorney can help navigate the issues surrounding your ability to sue. If you have no-fault insurance through the “limited tort option” in your insurance policy, you may be required to file with your own insurance company first before filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance or a court. If you have the “full tort” liability insurance, you may be able to go straight to the other driver’s insurance or a court of law. In either case, the injuries from a front-end car accident are usually severe enough to qualify for a direct lawsuit because they are either expensive enough or are considered “permanent” in nature.
If you suffered severe or permanent injuries from a car crash, or if a loved one was killed, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. Winning a car accident lawsuit requires showing four main factors:
- The other driver owed you a duty (e.g. to follow traffic laws and drive reasonably),
- The other driver breached that duty (e.g. by breaking the law or driving dangerously),
- The other driver’s breach caused your injuries, and
- You suffered injuries the court can compensate you for (called “damages).
If the other driver violated traffic laws, it may be simpler to prove the duty and breach. Traffic laws are in place to keep others safe. If the driver that caused the accident was speeding, drove drunk, made an illegal left turn, failed to yield to oncoming traffic, or was generally driving in an unsafe way, your case may be easier to prove.
Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys Who Will Fight for You
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm represent the victims of dangerous drivers and their families in car accident lawsuits. If you or a loved one was hurt in a car crash, or if you lost a loved one to a severe car accident, call our law offices today. Our attorneys are available for free consultations on new cases. Call (215) 709-6940 to schedule your free consultation today.