Let’s face it, any kind of car accident is traumatizing enough. However, head-on collisions are particularly dangerous regardless of the severity of the impact. This is because direct, head-on collisions tend to concentrate high amounts of energy into the collision.
A head-on collision can result in some of the worst injuries imaginable. Here are some of the injuries you may sustain following a head-on collision.
During the head-on collision, the vehicle occupants’ heads and necks will continue moving forward while the body is held back by the seatbelt. This sudden and violent jerking of the neck and head is known as whiplash and usually results in the stretching and tearing of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in these areas of the body. Depending on the severity of the impact, whiplash injuries can result in the following symptoms: headaches, numbness, shoulder, neck and back pains, blurred vision and dizziness.
Bruises, cuts and abrasions
These may not be the most serious injuries following a head-on collision. However, bruises, cuts and abrasions are some of the most visible injuries you can sustain following this type of car accident. Bruises happen when the body is slammed against the car’s body or steering wheel during impact while cuts occur when car parts like broken glasses pierce through the accident victim’s skin.
During the impact, the vehicle occupants’ heads can be hit against the car body or the steering wheel in the case of the driver. This impact can result in a skull fracture. This can eventually result in a range of brain injuries such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Depending on the severity of the impact, the injury can be short-lived or long-term.
A head-on collision can happen at the snap of a finger. If you are hurt in a car accident that is not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and other damages.