Head-collisions are some of the most dangerous types of accidents imaginable. That’s because during a head on collision, there is nowhere for a vehicle’s energy to go except into the other car. Compared to a sideswipe or fender-bender, head-on collisions are usually much more violent, and the resulting injuries can be much more serious. Victims can suffer fatal or life-threatening injuries, even with working seatbelts and airbags.
Every day, millions of people drive on Florida’s roadways and head-on collisions unfortunately occur. After one of these accidents, medical care costs can skyrocket. Hiring an effective personal injury attorney can help you obtain fair and just compensation to pay for those costs and more. If you or a loved one was injured in a head-on collision, Weinstein & Cohen can help.
Common Head-On Collision Injuries
Head-on collision injuries can be far more severe than other types of car accidents because they usually involve a lot more force. As a result, drivers and passengers may suffer more extensive and severe injuries.
- Broken Bones, Bruises, and Lacerations – In a head-on collision, broken bones, bruising, and lacerations are very common. For the driver and front passenger, severe leg injuries are also an increased probability. All these injuries occur due to the extreme force exerted on the body during this type of crash. Even a person who is wearing a seatbelt can suffer from significant injuries.
- Internal Organ Damage – The blunt force of a head-on collision may be enough to cause bruising or other damage to your internal organs. Broken bones can also puncture or damage organs as well.
- Double Impact Injuries – Victims can also experience a double impact, which is when they suffer trauma during a crash and again when they strike the ground after being thrown from the vehicle. Fortunately, your risk for double impact is significantly reduced by properly wearing a seatbelt.
- Concussions – Concussions are one of the most common types of head on collision These can incur if your head contacts the steering wheel, dashboard, or other parts of the car. Even if your head does not hit something, you can sustain a concussion from the violent back and forth motion of your head. In a violent back and forth motion, the brain can slam into the inside of your skull causing injury. Concussions can be mild or severe depending on a variety of factors. Mild “Grade 1” concussions are usually short-term and do not result in loss of consciousness. Severe “Grade 3” concussions, on the other hand, may result in long-term brain damage. Symptoms such as blurry vision, dizziness, trouble concentrating, nausea, and others may not appear until several days after the accident. That’s why it’s so important to seek medical attention right away.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – These are particularly serious and may result in permanent disabilities or death. Everything from swelling inside the brain to internal bleeding can occur.
What Should You Do?
The first and most important thing to do is to seek medical treatment. When possible, you or someone know should start and gather information. Document the scene and collect records of your medical treatment. As early as you can, hire a Miami car accident attorney. The information you collect will help them protect your right to compensation.
What Kind of Compensation can I Receive?
Serious head-on collisions usually don’t occur unless one or both drivers acted negligently in some way. As a result, you may be able to recover fair and just compensation from the insurance company. Depending on the type and severity of your injuries, you may be entitled to:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Reduced future earning potential
At Weinstein & Cohen, we have more than 50 years of combined experience fighting for accident victim’s rights. Our experienced Miami and Naples accident attorneys at Weinstein & Cohen will put your priorities first. If you or someone you care about has been injured or involved in an accident across South Florida or Southwest Florida, contact the Miami and Naples personal injury lawyers at Weinstein & Cohen at 305-374-1011 or 239-793-3331, or visit fairnessforall.com for a free legal consultation to learn more about your options.