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The Most Dangerous Car Accident: Head-On Collisions

A head-on collision is the most dangerous and deadly type of auto accidents for both drivers. Often, they lead to severe and painful injuries, and in some cases, they can be life-threatening. In the U.S. alone, 10% of all driving fatalities were due to a head-on collision. What makes them so dangerous? We explain this and more below.

What is a Head-On Collision?

When one vehicle crashes headfirst into the front of another car that was traveling from the opposite direction, a head-on collision occurs. If the vehicles are traveling at high speeds, the crash can make for an incredibly damaging, and sometimes fatal, accident. The reason a head-on collision can be so dangerous is because of the sudden impact it has on the vehicle. When two cars abruptly slam headfirst into each other, neither can absorb the impact of the crash. The result is a severely damaged vehicle, and most likely, the drivers are critically injured.

Most of the time, a head-on car crash occurs because an individual was driving recklessly. However, several other reasons can lead to an accident. The most common reasons can include:

  • Cell phone use while driving

  • Speeding

  • Not correctly reading or seeing road signs

  • Traveling on the wrong side of the road

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol

  • Falling asleep while driving

  • Driving across the center yellow line of the road into oncoming traffic

The Physical Damage of a Head-On Collision

Often, a head-on collision results in extreme physical trauma. Drivers who are involved in this kind of accident suffer from the following injuries:

  • Broken bones

  • Burns

  • Severe lacerations

  • Internal injuries

  • Neck injuries

  • Head and facial injuries

  • Injuries to the lower leg

The occupant can either be thrown from the vehicle or get crushed inside, which can make their injuries worse. If the occupant was thrown from the vehicle, they might suffer an additional impact when they hit the ground. This can increase the severity of their injuries, like severe friction burns, or secondary injuries if they are struck by another vehicle while lying on the road. When the occupant of the vehicle is crushed inside the car, they will have to wait for assistance to remove them. This can take several hours, which can put a dangerous amount of pressure on their organs or cause them to lose a significant amount of blood.

The Most Severe Injury

In a head-on collision, the occupants may suffer from severe injuries to the brain, also known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This can be caused by the occupant hitting their head on the inside of the car, or from whiplash, which causes the brain to slide around the skull. This trauma results in wounds in the brain's tissue. Often, this detrimentally affects a person's mental health. Victims of TBI are likely to experience the following:

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Quadriplegia

  • Motor and speech disorders

Experiencing a severe TBI can lead to physical, emotional, and financial consequences. Recovery is usually limited, meaning the victim's life is changed forever. The amount of medical care required to heal from a TBI can vary depending on the severity of the case. Typically, the recovery process will require a vast amount of time, which leads to costly medical bills.

Making a Head-On Collision Claim

If another driver left you with injuries from a head-on collision, you need experienced legal counsel. At Pete Olson Law, we have nearly three decades of experience with helping injured people. We are dedicated to helping our clients navigate through this difficult situation, and will work diligently to find a positive resolution at the end.

Don't hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your case. Call us at (931) 286-7773 to schedule a free consultation.

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