Head-on collisions are one of the deadliest types of car accidents in Georgia and Tennessee.
A head-on collision is when two vehicles come into contact with the front end of each pointing towards each other.
These types of collisions often result in death or severe injuries. This is normally due to the fact both vehicles are often driving at high speeds towards each other, and when the crash occurs, it is like hitting a wall with limited to no absorption of the impact.
Being involved in a head-on collision in GA or TN can cause the victim to suffer severe pain, both physically and emotionally, not to mention the substantial medical bills that often accumulate as a result.
If a head-on collision does not result in a fatality, some of the most common injuries that victims will suffer from are:
When a head-on collision occurs, the head and neck will continue to move forward while the body will stay mostly in place if the victim is wearing a seatbelt.
This sudden jerking motion of the neck and head causes the ligaments and muscles in the neck and back to stretch. Depending on the severity of the impact, the neck and shoulders can twist well outside their normal radius causing the ligaments, tendons, and muscles to stretch and tear.
Whiplash injuries can cause the victim to suffer for months or even years.
Many whiplash injury victims will complain of the following:
- Pain in the shoulders, back, and neck
- Blurred vision
Whiplash injuries require treatment, or the pain may never go away. Many people who suffer from a whiplash injury will see a Chiropractor until the pain is gone. If you need additional information about whiplash click this link.
2. Spinal Cord Injuries
When the impact of a head-on collision is severe enough, the discs in the spinal cord can become severely compressed.
If the downward force during the crash is severe, discs can become herniated or ruptured, and the vertebrae can become cracked or damaged.
In some severe cases, paralysis can occur from the spinal cord damage, and this could include a complete or partial loss of sensation depending on the severity of the injury. It can affect the legs, torso, or all four limbs depending on the location of the damage.
Spinal cord injuries need to receive immediate medical attention, and even then the patient may need to receive treatment for quite some time. In severe cases, the victim may never recover from a spinal cord injury.
3. Traumatic Brain Injury
When a vehicle is hit by another, the drivers' head can be thrown into the steering wheel. When the skull becomes fractured upon impact, a Traumatic Brain Injury is often the result.
The brain can suffer serious damage when the skull fractures during a head-on collision. If the impact of the crash is strong enough, the brain can become flattened against the inner wall of the skull which results in brain concussions and more serious brain injuries.
Depending on the severity of the impact, some victims will not make a full recovery from the trauma that was caused to their brain during the accident.
4. Blunt Force Trauma
Even in cases when a victim is wearing a seatbelt, or when an airbag deploys, the driver will often suffer from a blunt force trauma injury to various parts of the body.
The most common blunt trauma injuries occur to the chest and are internal injuries because of the seat belt restraint or airbag deployment.
Chest injuries may result in broken ribs, damage to the shoulder joints, and damaged lungs. Blunt trauma to the abdominal will cause the liver, spleen, kidneys, and diaphragm to become vulnerable to injury.
In some cases, the victims may not realize they have suffered an internal injury, and they will put off seeing a doctor thinking the soreness and pain will go away on its own. This could be a very life-threatening and costly mistake. It's always advised to be seen by a medical professional immediately following a head-on collision.
5. Broken Facial Bones
The magnitude of a head-on collision is severe enough that even when the airbags deploy, the face and inner bone structure are crushed, causing serious injuries to the eye sockets, jawbone, cheek, and chin.
When someone suffers from a facial bone injury, often plastic surgery may be needed, and even then the victim could be left with a scar for the rest of their life.
When you are Involved in a Head-On Collision, Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you are involved in a head-on collision, not only will you need to seek immediate medical attention, you will also need to contact a Personal Injury Attorney to protect your legal rights.
Becoming the victim of a head-on collision often results in severe damage and injuries that are both physical and mental. When the accident is caused by a negligent driver, you should not be responsible for the accumulation of expenses that occurred due to the accident.
The job of a Personal Injury Accident Attorney is to help victims of head-on collisions receive the compensation they are owed for their losses.
During the time after the crash when you are trying desperately hard to feel like yourself again and to receive the medical treatment that you need, your attorney will make sure that you're not paying out-of-pocket for any of your medical expenses.
You should receive the top medical care that you deserve without worrying about how the bills are going to be paid.
The Roth Firm Car Accident Injury Lawyers specialize in treating the victims of head-on collisions. Our Attorneys have over 30 years of experience helping the injured receive the compensation that they deserve.
If you were injured in a head-on collision, contact our Law Office today.
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