Car accidents can both frighten and endanger anyone involved in them, and head-on collisions can amplify these feelings even more. The very name, head-on collision, strikes fear in drivers. After all, in a head-on collision, you can typically see the other car coming right at you. When you have no time to react or move out of the way, you’re facing a terrifying scenario. Furthermore, head-on collisions are some of the deadliest on our roads—so when you head out on the busy roadways of D.C., always make safety your top priority.
The Head-on Collision
In head-on car accidents, two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into one another. While these dangerous accidents often occur at high speeds, they can happen nearly anywhere and at any speed.
Head-on collisions frequently result when one motorist drives over the roadway’s median (or centerline) and into an adjacent lane of oncoming traffic. Distracted driving, impaired driving, exhausted driving and passing unsafely often precipitate such incidents. Other common causes include slippery roads and adverse weather conditions in which a driver loses control of a vehicle and slides into oncoming traffic head-on. No matter how they happen, however, head-on collisions are extremely dangerous.
If another driver’s negligence has left you or someone you love injured—or worse—in a head-on accident, you need an experienced car accident attorney. These cases may become extremely complicated. Attorney Michael A. Abelson at The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C., understands just how harrowing these accidents are, and is committed to aggressively advocating for your rights and your just compensation.
The physics of this type of crash are relatively straightforward and easy to understand. As the two vehicles hurtle their weight directly into each other, the force of the impact can double. Typically, both vehicles involved in the head-on accident sustain significant damage. Even more troubling is how the occupants of both cars increase their risks of injury because of the amplified impact in a head-on collision.
Since the vehicles involved in head-on accidents rarely collide directly in line with one another’s front ends, one or both vehicles often go spinning. This can cause one or both vehicles’ airbags to fail to protect the occupants that they’re meant to keep safe, which exacerbates the danger of the head-on collision.
With the accelerated force of these accidents, glass, plastic, and metal in the vehicle have a tendency to break loose and become dangerous flying debris. Suffice to say that the dangers inherent in head-on collisions are difficult to overstate.
Injuries Common to Head-on Collisions
With the advent of standard airbags and crumple zones (that help absorb the immense energy of these deadly accidents), head-on collisions are no longer as closely associated with head and facial injuries (although these injuries are clearly still a threat). Several other serious injuries are frequently caused by head-on collisions:
- Injuries to the neck. When you think of neck injuries, you’re likely to think of whiplash injuries that are often associated with rear-end accidents. Neck injuries, however, are fairly common in head-on collisions as well. The immense impact of a head-on crash can violently whip the heads of the occupants of the vehicles back and forth, which can result in significant neck injuries, including whiplash. While whiplash is often spoofed as a faux injury for courtroom dramedies, there is nothing funny about it. These extremely serious injuries often cause immense pain and may take a long time to heal, if they ever do. Never discount whiplash injuries.
- Injuries to the lower leg and femur. Even when occupants wear their seatbelts, head-on collisions can throw people sitting in the front seat into the instrument panel and the knee bolsters. This frequently leads to injuries of the lower extremities.
- Injuries to the torso. Head-on collisions often result in torso injuries, including fractured ribs, which can cause organ damage and internal bleeding. Because these injuries are internal and don’t always present obvious outward symptoms right away, their victims don’t always receive the medical attention they need—and especially dangerous conditions can grow much worse.
- Secondary injuries. Head-on collisions are so dangerous and have so many overarching health consequences that secondary injuries—injuries that evolve from the original accident—aren’t uncommon. Such injuries can include severe lacerations, muscle strains, infections, eye injuries, injuries caused by the airbags, and so much more.
The list of potential injuries due to a head-on collision just goes on and on. If you were involved in a head-on collision, seek immediate medical attention. These accidents pack so much punch that—even if you believe you weren’t injured—you may well not have reached the end of the story. Some injuries simply aren’t symptomatic until they become more serious with time and, thus, more difficult to treat. Early medical intervention is closely associated with improved prognosis.
If You Were Injured in a Head-On Collision, Consult an Experienced Washington, D.C., Car Accident Attorney Today.
When you have experienced an injury in a head-on collision, you need a dedicated car accident attorney on your side. At The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C., attorney Michael A. Abelson is here to help. He has the skill, knowledge, and compassion to fight for justice on your behalf. If you were injured in a head-on collision, you’re no doubt overwhelmed and unsure where to turn for guidance, but Michael A. Abelson is here for you—please contact or call him at (202) 331-0600 today.