Florida has one of the highest statistics of car accidents in the country. Many of them involve rear-end collisions, side impact or sideswipe accidents. While head-on collisions occur less frequently, they often result in substantial injuries and have a higher likelihood of being fatal.
Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles driving in opposite directions crash into each other. There are several culprits for this type of accident: Drunk driving, falling asleep while driving, turning into a one-way street in the wrong direction, distracted driving, entering a freeway through an off-ramp, trying to pass a large truck that obstructs your view of oncoming traffic, or driving on rural roads without enough signage. No matter the reason, head-on collisions are one of the most dangerous types of car accidents.
Head-On Collision Injuries
Due to their impact, head-on collisions often result in the following injuries:
- Whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head suddenly moves forward then backward, forcefully. The sudden movement often causes tears in the muscles and tendons around the neck. These injuries can result in pain, tenderness, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and recurring headaches.
- Bone fractures. The force of a head-on collision often causes bones to break in limbs, clavicles, ribs, hips, and sometimes even the skull. The injury can be internal or the bones can pierce the skin, exposing tissue and bone.
- Brain Injury. Any accident that causes the head to jolt forward and back in a rapid motion can shake the brain back and forth inside the skull. This can cause chemical changes within the brain, as well as damage to cells, nerves, and tissue. This is commonly known as a concussion and can result in loss of consciousness, confusion, blurred vision, slurred speech, chronic headaches, nausea, and behavioral changes.
- Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord runs from your neck to the base of your spine. Any type of injury to your back, whether to vertebrae or discs, can cause undue pressure on the spinal cord, resulting in excruciating back pain, and in a worst-case scenario, paralysis.
- Cuts. Lacerations can happen as a result of bone piercing the skin, broken glass, being ejected from the vehicle, or coming into contact with any sharp object. In addition to damage to skin and muscles, the victim could also lose a significant amount of blood through the wounds. If the damage is extensive, it can cause scarring or disfigurement.
- Death. While head-on collisions are the least common type of accident, they are the most likely to result in death. When this occurs, immediate family members of the deceased can file a lawsuit for wrongful death to recover funeral expenses as well as loss of companionship and pain and suffering arising from the loved one’s passing.
- Emotional trauma. Whether you’ve suffered injuries yourself, or you were in the car while a loved one was injured, head-on collisions can result in post-traumatic stress disorder, recurring nightmares, a fear of driving, and depression.
Average Settlement for a Head-On Collision
There isn’t an average settlement for head-on collisions because there are so many factors that can influence the outcome of a case, such as:
- Types of injuries
- Extent of injuries
- The number of people injured
- Whether some of the injuries were pre-existing to the accident
- Whether the accident caused disfigurement or disability
- Whether the accident caused paralysis
- Whether there was a fatality
- Loss of consortium
- Whether the driver(s) were under the influence
- Whether the accident resulted in lost wages
- Whether the accident caused a loss of future earning potential
- Whether there were mechanical issues with any of the vehicles
- Whether there were poor road conditions that could’ve been improved by the Department of Transportation
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Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and does not create an attorney/client relationship.