Head-on collisions are 12 times to 27 times more likely to be fatal.
Pittsburgh, PA- A head-on collision is one of the worst types of accidents a person can be in and often end tragically. Being in a head-on collision significantly increases a person’s chances of dying or suffering a serious injury. The deadly nature of head-on collisions is demonstrated by a recent accident in Pittsburgh that killed two young men.
That accident occurred in the early hours of September 4th when police say a driver couldn’t successfully navigate a curve and crossed over the center line of Connellsville Street slamming head-on into another vehicle, WTAE reports.
Both the driver of the striking vehicle, a 19-year-old man, and his passenger, a 20-year-old man, were killed in the collision. The occupants of the vehicle that was struck, a man and woman both aged 24, were seriously injured according to the Post-Gazette.
Police told the Post-Gazette they believe speed was a factor in the accident.
The top three driver behaviors behind head-on collisions are distraction, fatigue, and intoxication.
So, are head-on collisions more lethal? Head-on collisions are the result of a driver going the wrong way on the roadway, which typically occurs on highways and on-ramps or exits, and lane departures. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wrong-way crashes, or head-on impact only occurs in a meager 3 percent of accidents on divided highways, but the federal agency says these types of collisions are more likely to cause deadly or severe injuries.
In their 2012 special investigative report “Wrong-way Driving, the National Traffic Safety Board cites a study conducted in Virginia which found that a person involved a head-on collision is 27 percent more likely to be killed than victims of other types of collisions. The NHTSA cites another study from California which found that head-on collisions are 12 times for likely to result in death than other auto accidents. The data above shows head-on collisions are more lethal than other types of collision impact, but any traffic accident has the potential to be deadly.
If you are seriously injured in a head-on accident, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer.
The NHTSA lists fatigue, distraction, and intoxication as the three leading causes of a head-on collision, so negligence plays a key role in these extremely dangerous accidents. Sadly, too few motorists care how their reckless actions will impact other motorists until it’s too late and they leave victims and destruction in their wake.  But these careless drivers can be held accountable for their actions when the victims retain an accident lawyer in Pennsylvania.
If you have been injured in a head-on collision or lost a loved one and need help with your injury claim in Pittsburgh, USAttorneys recommends you contact the Law Office of Goodrich and Associates, P.C. Their team of accident lawyers will give your case the attention it deserves so that you recover a generous settlement for your financial losses and emotional distress. You can rely on the lawyers at Goodrich and Associates, P.C. to stand up for you and approach your case with compassion.

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