As more drivers engage in multi-tasking behavior behind the wheel, head-on collisions occur at an alarming rate. Texting drivers may cross the centerline and into oncoming traffic or impaired drivers may travel in the wrong direction in a lane of traffic. While head-on collisions occur less frequently than other types of accidents, they cause more fatalities. In fact, in 2011, 51% of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities occurred when vehicles sustained frontal damage.
In frontal collisions, automobiles usually collide at a higher rate of speed and the forces transfer to the occupants immediately. When two vehicles traveling 50 mph are involved in a head-on collision, the resulting forces are the same as 1 vehicle hitting a stationary vehicle while traveling 100 mph.
While fatalities are common in head-on collisions, if vehicle occupants are lucky enough to walk away from the crash, their lives are rarely the same. Head-on collisions cause some of the most horrific and life-changing injuries, especially when occupants are not properly restrained.
Types of Injuries Sustained in Head-On Collisions
Injuries to the face, head, and neck are common in these accidents, as the dashboard and steering column can get pushed back into drivers and passengers. In particular, traumatic brain injuries often occur more frequently in head-on collisions. Other types of injuries include:
Spinal cord injuries
Fractured skulls and jaws
Crushed and fractured extremities
Traumatic brain injuries
Lacerations and amputations
Significant damage to internal organs
If you or someone you love has been injured in a head on collision, you will need maximum compensation for your injuries and for long-term recovery. Victims will likely need money for past medical expenses, long-term care, rehabilitation, physical therapy, additional future surgeries, prostheses, disability equipment, loss of future earnings, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
Contact a Denver Car Accident Attorney Today
If you are the victim of a head on crash, contact Denver car accident attorney Robert Paysinger today. Robert can answer all of your questions and let you know what kind of compensation you may be entitled to under Colorado law. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303. 279.0221.
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