One of the most dangerous type of car accident is a head-on collision, caused when the front ends of two motor vehicles collide. Victims can suffer catastrophic injuries or death, especially when the cars are traveling at a faster speed. In Virginia, injured victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries from the negligent driver.
Common Injuries in Head-On Collisions
Intoxication, distracted driving, fatigue, and speeding are a few of the causes of a head-on collision. No matter what the cause of the crash, drivers and passengers can suffer these serious injuries:
- Facial injuries. Facial injuries are common in a head-on collision, even if an air bag deploys. Eye sockets, cheek bones, chin, jawbone, and other facial bones can be fractured if a victim’s face is smashed into the dashboard or another hard object in the vehicle.
- Back and spinal injuries. The impact of the crash can cause the spinal discs to compress, herniate, or rupture. In addition, muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be strained or torn and cause victims to suffer pain and limitations of movements for months or longer. If the damage to the spinal cord is severe, a victim can suffer total or complete paralysis.
- Whiplash. Another common injury caused by the violent jerking of the neck in a head-on collision is whiplash. Some of the symptoms of this condition include pain in the neck, shoulders, and back, stiffness, headaches, and blurred vision.
- Brain injuries. A brain injury can be the result if a victim’s head smashes into the steering wheel, dashboard, or seat. Traumatic brain injuries can cause devastating changes to a person’s memory, judgment, vision, mobility, and much more. In some cases, a brain injury can be fatal.
- Internal injuries. Victims can suffer internal organ damage and internal bleeding—sometimes life-threating. Organs that are frequently injured are the lungs, liver, spleen, and kidneys.
Let Us Help You Protect Your Legal Rights
Were you injured in a head-on collision? Was a loved one killed? Our skilled and dedicated car accident lawyers can help you collect the evidence you need to prove the other driver’s negligent and fight for the compensation you deserve from his insurance company. To get started, call our Norfolk office to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team.