While virtually all car accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries, some types of car accidents are more dangerous than others. One of the most dangerous types of car accidents is a head-on collision.
Head-on collisions most often occur when a driver veers over into a lane of oncoming traffic and strikes another vehicle. This can happen if a driver loses focus on the road or distracted for even a split second, and the results can be life-threatening for the drivers and passengers of both vehicles. These types of accidents are also known to occur on highways and interstates late at night, as drivers may inadvertently drive down an exit-only lane and enter the roadway going the wrong way.
If you or someone you love was injured in a head-on collision caused by another driver’s negligence or carelessness, the Shelbyville car accident attorneys can help you get money for your accident-related expenses, including your medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repair costs. Dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form to speak with us today.
Common Injuries Resulting from Head-On Collisions
Because most head-on collisions involve two vehicles colliding directly while traveling at relatively high speeds, the level of forces involved can cause serious and life-threatening injuries for both drivers and all passengers. Some of the most common injuries in these types of collisions include:
- Head and brain injuries
The impact of a head-on collision causes every person’s head to be pushed forward violently and make contact with any surface in front of them. Passengers may strike their heads on the dashboard or seats, while the driver may impact the steering wheel. Airbags can reduce the level of impact, but high levels of force can still cause serious injuries.
Head injuries in head-on collisions can cause everything from a fractured skull and a broken nose to brain damage and even death. Any type of trauma to the brain can result in a brain injury ranging in severity from a concussion to permanent brain damage that causes changes in personality, motor skills, and ability to live independently.
- Neck and back injuries
The same forces that cause head and brain injuries can also cause drivers and passengers in head-on collisions to suffer serious neck and back injuries. The extreme and often violent snapping motion of the neck that people in head-on collisions experience can lead to chronic whiplash symptoms and even fractured or broken vertebrae in the neck.
The back and spinal column are also highly vulnerable in head-on collisions. Being subjected to such high levels of force can cause slipped discs, torn ligaments, and even spinal cord injuries that result in temporary or permanent paralysis affecting some or all of the feet, legs, hands, and arms.
- Leg, knee, and foot injuries
The lower extremities of people involved in head-on collisions are also likely to suffer extensive injuries due to the extreme forces created by such accidents. Not only can the leg and foot break from the sheer force of the impact, but ligaments and tendons in the knee can also tear due to unnatural twisting or turning motions caused by the accident.
Leg, knee, and foot injuries suffered in auto accidents can range in severity from broken bones and torn ligaments that take several months of recovery to more serious injuries that require amputation.
Head-on collisions are almost always incredibly serious accidents that require immediate medical attention and long periods of rehabilitation. At Matt Hardin Law, our Shelbyville car accident lawyers know that the victims of head-on collisions often face long, painful, and expensive roads to recovery, but we also know that they shouldn’t be required to pay when the accident wasn’t their fault.
Don’t let a head-on collision caused by another person’s negligence turn your life upside down. Get in touch with our law firm, and let us go to work for you.