The Most Dangerous Accident in Pennsylvania: Head-On Collisions

The Most Dangerous Accident in Pennsylvania: Head-On Collisions

Getting into a car accident can be a devastating experience, particularly when two cars collide head-to-head. In the US, head-on collisions account for only 2% of crashes, yet are responsible for over 10% of accident fatalities. Head-on collisions in Pennsylvania resulted in 120 deaths in 2014, the latest year for which there is data. According to the National Safety Council, head-on collisions are the top killer of innocent drivers. This means that head-on collisions were found to be the top killer of drivers who were not found to be at fault for their accidents. Oftentimes, these types of accidents occur due to a lack of visibility due to bad weather, or a careless mistake by inexperienced drivers, but over half of these incidents do occur under good driving conditions: in the daytime with no precipitation.

Just last month on March 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm a major traffic incident occurred in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania on Route 222 as a Subaru Legacy transporting a total of 5 people collided head-on with a tractor-trailer, resulting in the deaths of all on board the sedan. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim declared it one of the worst traffic incidents in over 30 years of police work due to the loss of life. Route 222 from the split with Route 100 to Grim/ Cetronia Road was closed for nearly eight hours afterward.

As the Subaru Legacy in which the five victims were riding was headed north on Route 222 where the highway splits with Route 100, about a quarter mile south of Grim Road. It crossed the median and disrupted the path of the freight liner truck, resulting in a head-on collision and later, an explosion that left both cars in flames. All five passengers aboard the Legacy were killed, and the truck driver escaped with minor injuries. Some sources say the crash occurred during a sudden snow squall that caused poor road visibility.

Head-on collisions in Pennsylvania are rare, but deadly. For those who are fortunate to survive, there are several types of injuries they can sustain, each of them with the potential to be quite serious and even life-altering. From a few broken bones to paralysis, injuries from a head-on collision in Pennsylvania can really set you back. Your injuries or wrongful death suit require thorough investigation. Call your local PA Accident Lawyers to get an experienced team behind you today.


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