Head on collisions are not uncommon. When they do happen, they often cause serious injuries and even fatality. Head on collisions occur when the front end of one vehicle comes into contact with the front end of another vehicle, often while both are traveling at a high rate of speed. The impact is immense, because there is no absorption of impact. It is even worse than driving into a standing object like a median or light pole.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials conducted a study showing that most head on collisions are caused by a driver making an unintended maneuver, often because they are distracted, drowsy, or intoxicated. Nearly all fatal head on collisions involve cars traveling straight on rural undivided roads. Sometimes these types of crashes occur when a vehicle is trying to pass or overtake another vehicle, which accounts for 4.2 percent of fatalities. Although head on collisions often result in fatalities, they can also cause grave injury.
Injuries Associated With Head On Collisions
- When the head and neck are “whipped back,” the muscles in the neck and shoulders are injured.
- Head trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The same forces that cause whiplash can also cause a concussion. If the driver’s head strikes the steering wheel, brain injury and skull fracture can occur.
- Spinal cord injury. Herniated discs and nerve damage are far too common injuries associated with head on collisions. These injuries often leave victims paralyzed for life.
- Neck injury. Neck injuries are probably the most common of all non-fatal injuries associated with head on collisions.
- Chest and rib injury. Although seatbelts prevent fatalities, when the body absorbs a forceful impact inside the cabin of a car, the ribcage and chest can be injured. If a driver is not wearing their seatbelt, they may sustain this type of injury by coming into contact with the steering wheel.
- Internal organ damage. The liver, kidneys, and spleen were found to be most vulnerable in head on collisions.
- Foot and leg injuries. The legs and feet are the first to be affected in a frontal collision. Because the lower extremities absorb much of the impact, crushed legs, broken bones, and torn ligaments are common.
There are steps you can do to improve your odds of getting into a front-end collision. Use your seatbelt, and make sure that your vehicle is equipped with working airbags. Air bag deployment can reduce your risk of fatality by as much as 72 percent.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC LLC Seek Compensation for Victims of Head On Car Accidents
If you or someone you love has been injured in a front-end crash and you suspect that the other driver was negligent, intoxicated, drowsy, distracted, or reckless, you may be entitled to compensation. No one should have to suffer due to a car accident that could have been prevented. Our Delaware County car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC LLC can help you claim the compensation you need. Call us today at 215-569-8488 or contact us online. We provide free consultations to our clients throughout Pennsylvania, including Chester County, and Delaware County, as well as in Delaware and New Jersey.