The vast majority of head-on collisions, particularly those that involve high speeds, involve serious life-threatening injuries and deaths. “Why are head-on accidents so deadly?” you may be wondering.

Our Pittsburgh head-on accident attorney at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman explains that when the front ends of two vehicles collide, the drivers and passengers inside these vehicles are more likely to sustain severe injuries or die, especially when the drivers and occupants are not buckled up.

Most head-on crashes in Pennsylvania occur after one of the vehicles drifts across the dividing line and collides with a vehicle from in oncoming traffic, when a vehicle fails to yield the right of way at an intersection, or when a vehicle is driving in the opposite direction of travel on a freeway or highway (wrong-way driving).


Identifying fault and determining liable parties in a head-on accident can be confusing when:

  • There are different traveling directions on the highway or freeway
  • The skid marks do not show which driver was negligent
  • It is not immediately clear who had the green, yellow, and red light at the time of the crash
  • There was a stop sign
  • There were no witnesses and
  • It is not immediately clear if any of the motorists violated traffic laws

In some cases, both drivers whose vehicle collided in a head-on accident may be at fault for causing the crash. “When one of the motorists is partially at fault for causing a motor vehicle accident, his or her compensation will be reduced by the percentage of his/her negligence,” explains our experienced head-on collision attorney in Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania follows the legal doctrine of modified comparative negligence, also known as the 51-percent rule. If you were injured in a head-on collision in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, you will be entitled to compensation only as long as your own negligence was not greater than that of the other party involved


Causes of head-on collisions in Pennsylvania vary from one case to another, and usually occur after one of the vehicles drifts across the center line, fails to yield the right of way, or drives down the wrong side of the road. Other causes include but are not limited to:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which negatively impacts your reaction times, decision-making abilities, and ability to operate a vehicle safely
  • Distracted driving, which makes it more likely to miss a stop sign and increases the likelihood of drifting across the center dividing line
  • Aggressive driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Poor weather and road conditions and
  • Performing illegal maneuvers while operating a vehicle (unsafe lane change, U-turn, wrong-way driving, etc.)

Regardless of how and why your head-on car accident occurred, it is always a good idea to speak to a skilled car accident lawyer to protect your legal rights and ensure that you are getting the compensation you deserve. The fact that you survived a head-on accident is already a miracle, and now it’s time to make the at-fault driver pay for his or her failure to safely operate their vehicle. Contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to discuss your case in a free case evaluation. Call our offices at 888-988-9467.

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