Head-on collisions are among the scariest types of motor vehicle accidents there are. Studies show they have a higher fatality rate than other types of collisions. Often, head-on collisions are associated with risky driving behaviors such as speeding or driving under the influence.
Here are some of the types of injuries that head-on collisions can cause.
Chest Injuries. The impact of a head-on collision can cause a driver to strike the steering wheel. Even if airbags deploy, the force of being thrown forward can cause broken ribs, bruising, and crush injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries. Some of the most serious injuries victims can suffer involve the brain. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impact many aspects of a person’s life including sleep, mood, memory, balance, sensory perceptions, and motor control. These injuries can take months or years to heal from, and some people may never fully recover.
Spinal cord injuries. Paralysis is a very real concern when it comes to a spinal cord injury. Typically, the body will be impacted below the area of injury. The most severe types of spinal cord injuries happen at the neck. These can leave the victim totally paralyzed.
Broken bones. Bones can be broken as a result of striking parts of the inside of the car, such as the dash, steering wheel, or car door. Sometimes, a victim can become pinned in a vehicle which can exacerbate these injuries and the pain they cause.
Trauma. Let’s not forget that collisions cause real mental harm for victims. Our clients have dealt with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and insomnia. It’s not uncommon for a victim to develop a real fear about ever being in a vehicle again.
If you were in a head-on collision that was caused by the other driver, you may be facing medical bills, calls from the insurance company, and car repairs. The team at Ladenburg Law (formerly Ladenburg McKasy Durkin) is here to help. There’s no cost to call our office and see if we can assist you. Please reach out.