Head-on collisions account for a small percentage of the total number of car accidents that occur every year. However, they can be the most serious, causing catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Head-on collision survivors usually require extensive medical care, significant medical expenses, and extended periods of being unable to work.
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Why Are Head-On Collisions So Dangerous?
Head-on collisions are the most dangerous type of motor vehicle accident. Victims are more likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. The force of the impact of the two vehicles can destroy the front of the vehicle. The speed of both vehicles measures the force of the impact. For example, if two vehicles travel at 25 mph and collide in a head-on accident, the impact force will be 50 miles per hour.
When both vehicles are traveling at fast highway speeds, the force of the collision is so great that it can cause catastrophic brain, spinal cord, and head injuries. The vehicle’s front end often crumples, causing shrapnel, debris, and glass to fly everywhere, potentially causing additional injuries to passengers and drivers. The combination of the impact and force of the crash and the debris results in the risk of serious injury and death.
Common Causes of Head-on Collisions
Head-on collisions occur when the front ends of two vehicles collide. Many are caused by speeding, driving while intoxicated, or other types of reckless driving. They frequently occur on two-way roads or roads where lane crossing is common.
Other head-on collisions occur when a driver enters the wrong way on a freeway or highway. Unfortunately, many head-on collisions are preventable and caused by one or more driver’s negligence. When drivers fail to use reasonable care and cause a collision, victims can pursue compensation for their damages from the negligent driver. Common causes of head-on collisions include the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poor road conditions
- Distracted driving
- Faulty traffic signals
- Multi-vehicle accidents
Injuries Commonly Caused By Head-On Collision
There is always a potential for serious injuries in head-on collisions, even if the vehicles are driving at relatively low speeds. When a head-on collision occurs on a high-speed freeway or highway, the likelihood of massive injuries and fatalities increases. Even when driver and passenger airbags work effectively to reduce the severity of injuries, the impact force is still great enough to cause serious injuries.
Broken Facial Bones
The impact of head-on collisions is often serious enough to crush a victim’s bone structure, causing fractures to the face, cheekbones, eye sockets, or jawbones. Broken facial bones can be painful and may require surgery and occupational and physical therapy. Bone fractures in the face can make eating, talking, and engaging in day-to-day activities difficult.
Back, Spine, and Neck Injuries
A head-on collision can forcefully result in a person’s back and neck coming forward and backward. In accidents that are not as severe, a victim can experience whiplash that results in injuries to the neck’s ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Whiplash can be difficult to treat and cause the victim pain and immobility.
The force of the impact can cause the delicate discs in a person’s spinal cord to become herniated. When the spinal cord bruise or other injury is severe enough, it can result in paralysis from the location of the injury down. Serious spinal cord injuries can render a person unable to walk, move, and engage in the day-to-day activities they once loved. Victims may need around-the-clock medical assistance. Serious spinal cord injuries can cause death.
Contusions, Lacerations, and Abrasions
When two vehicles collide in a head-on collision, objects in a vehicle can fly through the air and injure the driver and passengers. Loose objects such as metal, fiberglass, broken glass, and pieces of plastic fly around the vehicle at high speeds, causing the victim secondary injuries to the arm, face, and legs.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
In a head-on collision, the victim’s head and neck can impact the airbag, steering wheel, windshield, or vehicle frame. The force of the collision can cause bruising or tearing of the brain tissue, resulting in brain hemorrhages. Internally, the victim’s brain could collide forcefully with the skull, resulting in a concussion or more serious injuries. Foreign objects can also collide with the skull, causing penetration injuries to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries are challenging to treat and can result in serious limitations and painful side effects.
Obtaining Compensation After a California Head-on Collision
Head-on collisions can result in catastrophic injuries, long-lasting pain and suffering, and an inability to return to work. It’s important that the victims of head-on collisions discuss their cases with an attorney as soon as possible. For example, suppose you’ve been injured in a head-on collision. In that case, you may be entitled to compensation by pursuing a claim through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy or a personal injury lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation for your past, current, and future medical bills, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact a Skilled California Head-on Collision Attorney
The Los Angeles-based head-on collision attorneys at Saeedian Law Group are committed to pursuing justice for those seriously injured in an auto accident caused by another driver’s negligence. We will fight aggressively on your behalf for the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal right to consultation.