The most common head-on collision injuries tend to result from the upper body’s impact with the dashboard and steering wheel and may involve the head, neck, and chest, according to StatPearls. Of course, every accident is unique, and some people suffer a range of injuries in head-on collisions. Still, there are some common trends due to the mechanics of this type of crash. One of the most severe head-on collision injuries is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Whether or not the driver or passenger was wearing a seat belt can factor into the severity of their injuries in a head-on collision. At the same time, an improperly worn seat belt can also contribute to pelvic injuries, abdominal injuries, and injuries to other lower extremities. In the worst cases, head-on collision injuries can lead to a driver or passenger passing away.
Head and Brain Injuries Caused by Head-On Collisions
There are a variety of injuries to the head and brain that occur in head-on collisions. Head-on collisions frequently cause:
- Traumatic brain injuries, specifically a diffuse axonal injury
- Lacerations to the head
- Head fractures
- Artery injuries
Even with the use of a seat belt, brain injuries can still occur. When the head makes contact with the roof of the car, a steering wheel, or an instrument panel, injuries can be especially severe.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to Mayo Clinic, vehicle collisions are a common cause of traumatic brain injuries, but wearing a seat belt and having airbags may help to decrease the likelihood or severity of this injury.
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to a host of medical problems, ranging from physical complications to behavioral and social issues. In some cases, victims may experience brain death, enter a coma, or otherwise remain in a vegetative state after experiencing this type of injury.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not even manifest for days or months after an accident, and victims may assume they are simply experiencing a common headache. Additionally, a traumatic brain injury could increase the possibility of later developing a degenerative brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
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Lower-Extremity Injuries Resulting from Head-On Collisions
Some people may assume that the upper body bears the brunt of a head-on collision, but the lower extremities can also suffer harm.
According to African Health Sciences, the most common head-on collision injuries of the lower extremities affect the knees, hips, feet, and ankles. Fractures and hip dislocations are common. Contact with the floor or foot controls is also a source of many injuries of the lower extremities in these types of collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Seatbelts often afford the upper body, such as the head and neck, more safety. Unfortunately, if the driver or passenger is not wearing their seatbelt properly and a frontal collision occurs, it can result in injuries to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. According to the Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock, a seat belt that sits too high on the abdomen can sometimes lead to solid organ injuries after a crash.
Reasons Head-On Collisions Occur
According to Traffic Injury Prevention, there are a couple of common factors when it comes to head-on collisions. Typically, they are likely to occur on rural roadways, during harsh weather conditions, along curved roads, and while traveling at high speed. Furthermore, these factors hold true whether or not the drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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Injuries suffered in a head-on collision can leave you facing extensive medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the worst of scenarios, they can cause you to lose a loved one. If you or a loved one experienced injuries in a head-on collision in Dublin, OH, you can turn to Bressman Law for help. If your accident happened outside of Dublin, OH, Bressman Law can help accident victims in nearby communities as well.
We represent victims of a variety of personal injuries, including auto accidents, and we are dedicated to getting the job done. You should not have to suffer the consequences of another driver’s negligence when a head-on collision occurs. We can help you file an insurance claim or pursue a personal injury lawsuit in order to seek fair compensation for your losses.
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