While any car accident can be scary, a head-on collision can be one of the most frightening. These crashes occur when the front end of one vehicle slams into the front end of another.
Head-on collisions accounted for 58 percent of all driver and passenger deaths in motor vehicle accidents in 2017, and many more victims suffered devastating injuries that required expensive medical treatments and long periods off work
while they recovered—if they didn't become permanently disabled.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a head-on collision in Kansas or Missouri, our skilled car accident attorneys are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. This might include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the negligent driver and his insurance company.
What Behaviors Cause Head-On Collisions?
Head-on collisions can happen on any road or highway, but frequently occur on rural roads in Kansas and Missouri that are windy with poor visibility. Some of the most common causes of these tragic wrecks include:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failure to slow down when weather conditions require it
- Failure to obey traffic rules and signals
- Speeding and other dangerous practices that cause a driver to lose control of his vehicle
Common Injuries in Head-On Collisions
Injury severity depends in part on the speed the vehicles were traveling when they collided. The resulting injuries can be especially deadly when the at-fault motorist exceeded posted speed limits or occupants weren't wearing seat belts. These are some of the most frequent medical issues people experience after head-on crashes.
When a head-on collision occurs, a person’s head and neck can whip violently back and forth and cause tears and strains in muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Whiplash is one of the most common neck injuries in these accidents. Neck pain, limitations in neck movement, headaches, fatigue and dizziness are common signs of a whiplash injury. Accident victims can also suffer more long-term symptoms, such as chronic pain that spreads to the arms, memory problems, ringing in the ears, and blurred vision.
Even if an airbag deploys, occupants of a vehicle involved in a head-on crash can hit their heads on the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or door window due to the violent force of impact. Blunt force to the head or penetrating injury to the skull and brain can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI and other brain injuries can cause devastating changes to a person’s mobility, vision, memory, reasoning, and concentration.
Back and Spinal Injuries
Herniated and ruptured disks can happen when the victims are slammed down in their seats. If the spine is injured seriously enough, an individual can also suffer permanent partial or complete paralysis, and require life-long medical treatment and assistance with his daily personal needs.
A person can suffer fractures and crushed bones in the legs, arms, knees, shoulders, ribs, and other parts of the body. The facial bones, such as the eye socket, chin, cheek, and jawbone, are especially vulnerable to injury because of impact with the steering wheel, airbag, dashboard, or another hard object during a collision.
Lacerations and Scarring
Objects flying around the vehicle and broken glass can hit a person’s arms, legs, face, and scalp and cause lacerations and bruises. If the injury is severe, the victim may be forced to live with permanent scars.
Internal Organ Damage
Internal bleeding and organ damage are often the result of blunt force to various parts of the body during a crash. Organs most prone to injury include the liver, spleen, kidneys, and lungs. These injuries can be life-threatening and require immediate medical treatment.
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