A head-on collision can produce some of the worst injuries imaginable, and at higher speeds, permanent or fatal complications are nearly guaranteed. When vehicles strike each other in the front, the force of the impact is multiplied, and the sudden loss of speed is too much for the human body to handle in most cases. In fact, people can be thrown through the windshield if the force of the impact is strong enough, putting the victim at even greater risk if they are thrown into the road. And when vehicles strike each other in the front, reckless driving is usually the culprit. Under no circumstances should such wrecks occur unless one, or both, drivers are behaving negligently behind the wheel.
WHAT KINDS OF INJURIES CAN RESULT FROM A HEAD-ON COLLISION?
Anyone who has seen one of these wrecks in person knows that they rarely end well. In just a fraction of a second, the two vehicles crumple and warp around each other. Inside are people who may possibly be crushed in the cabin, pinning them against the vehicles’ interior, or shearing off the front and spraying debris everywhere. These wrecks can also flip a vehicle over or push them into a ditch, worsening the situation further.
Extreme physical trauma is common in a head-on collision, and this trauma can result in broken bones, severe lacerations, burns, or internal injuries. These injuries are typically worse if a victim is pinned inside their vehicle or thrown from it. If a victim is pinned, it may take hours to get them out, which may exert crushing pressure on organs or mean greater blood loss. People who are thrown into the road may effectively suffer from a double impact – once during the crash, and a second when they hit the ground. This means even worse trauma, severe friction burns, and horrific secondary injuries if they are struck by a vehicle while lying helpless on the road.
The worst injuries, though, often involve the brain and spine. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can range from a simple concussion to extensive lesions across the brain’s surface. During vehicle crashes, TBIs are typically caused by whiplash or when the head strikes the interior of the vehicle. Whiplash occurs when a vehicle experiences sudden deceleration, causing the brain to slide inside the skull and contact its inside surface. This can leave contusions or small tears in brain tissue, both of which can have profound effects on a person’s mental health. Direct trauma, such as debris puncturing the skull, or a skull fracture exposing the brain to injury is often worse, as large areas of the brain may be affected. Damage to the spine is also serious, as cracked vertebrae can leave behind permanent disability or spinal cord injuries.
TBIs resulting from a head-on collision can produce a range of complications, from headaches and nausea to quadriplegia. Motor and speech disorders are common in moderate or severe TBIs, and recovery is typically limited. This means that a victim may never be able to return to their former quality of life.
A head-on collision can bring a victim’s life to a halt, forcing huge medical expenses and lost time from work. Some victims are never able to continue their career and become dependent on others. But with aggressive legal representation, a victim can pursue the justice they are entitled to.