Head-on collisions are among the most serious types of accidents for a variety of reasons, including the high rates of speed at which two vehicles traveling towards each other collide, which results in massive impact forces. These types of accidents involve a crash where the front ends of two vehicles moving towards each other come into contact. There are many fatalities and severe injuries from this type of crash. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the development of functional frontal airbags and the increasing use of seat belts has resulted in a decrease in the risk of fatalities by approximately 60 percent when the occupants use their safety restraints. Despite this, there still are many injuries and a great number of them are extremely serious.
There are certain injuries that are more common in a head-on frontal collision, including:
- Whiplash-type injuries – the significant impact forces cause the head and neck to be extended forward and then violently snapped back, leading to injuries to the soft tissue of the neck and back. Victims of this type of injury may suffer from debilitating pain, stiffness, numbness, and dizziness;
- Neck and back injuries – frontal impact collisions lead to serious wrenching and twisting of the neck and back region, resulting in severe headaches, decreased mobility, and other serious harm;
- Spinal cord injuries – partial or complete paralysis may result from a head-on collision, regardless of whether or not the driver or occupant is wearing a seat belt. Even when the injury does not result in paralysis, there may be fractured vertebrae, nerve damage, and herniated discs;
- Abdominal injuries – often caused by crushing types of action in a frontal crash, many victims suffer from damage to the liver, spleen, kidney, and diaphragm;
- Head trauma– severe impact trauma to the head, whether penetrating or not, can cause serious, long-term, injury that results in loss of mobility, impairment of vision and hearing, changes in emotional temperament, and cognitive impairment. Although some of these injuries may heal over time, other injuries may lead to permanent physical and emotional changes;
- Chest injuries – the impact forces of a head-on collision can lead to fractures or breaks in the ribs, which may result in punctures to the lungs. Although the patient may recover from these injuries, they also can be life-threatening based on the severity of the crash; and
- Hip, knee, ankle, and foot injuries – in many accidents where the driver and other occupants are protected by safety restraints and airbags, there still may be severe trauma to the lower limbs, especially if the violence of the impact forces the front of the vehicle to intrude into the occupant compartment. Even without a structural collapse of the vehicle, the lower legs of the occupants, especially in the front seat, may impact the instrument panel and other parts of the structure of the car, leading to crushing injuries.
Although there have been many improvements to the safety features of automobiles to prevent injuries and death, there still are many people who suffer from horrific injuries after head-on collisions. In addition, there are families who lose a loved one as the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver. It is critical to retain an attorney who is going to fight for all the compensation that victims of these types of crashes deserve.
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There are many things that a person can do to protect himself and his loved ones from danger. However, there is no way to completely prevent the harm that results when another person’s bad behavior leads to serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a car accident, the skilled and compassionate auto accident attorneys at Murphy & Associates PLC are ready to fight for the justice that you deserve. Compensation is necessary to pay medical bills, replace lost wages, and recognize the pain and suffering that the negligent party caused. Call us at (502) 205-2097 to schedule a free case evaluation.