Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Head-On CollisionsMarch 17, 2017
The sheer force of a head-on collision can cause severe injuries to those involved, if they are lucky enough to survive the impact at all. While airbags and seatbelts have helped reduce the number of fatalities, these wrecks continue to occur, resulting in severe and often fatal injuries. Fortunately, head-on collisions are relatively rare, but when they do happen, the property damage and injuries are catastrophic.
Frontal collisions occur when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the front end of another vehicle, usually at relatively high speeds. The injuries are often serious because, like slamming into a brick wall, there is nothing to absorb the impact. According a study by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the majority of these crashes are the result of distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding around a curve, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The majority of head-on collisions analyzed in the study occurred on rural roads.
Common Injuries that Occur from a Head-On Collision
- Whiplash: This is a very common injury in head-on collisions due to the sheer force of the impact. The vehicle comes to a screeching halt, but the head and neck keep moving, causing the muscles and ligaments in the neck and shoulders to become injured.
- Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries: These can include herniated discs, nerve damage or cracked vertebra, leaving the victim paralyzed if the injury is severe.
- Head Trauma: The force of impact can cause the victim’s head to be thrown back and forth. This can cause concussions, skull fracture and brain injuries. Obese drivers are at particular risk of head trauma.
- Chest Injuries: The force of the seatbelt and airbag, combined with the body slamming against the steering wheel, can result in cracked ribs, damage to the lungs, and other related injuries.
- Foot and Leg Injuries: Also referred to as lower extremity injuries, these are common because the legs, feet, and knees are often the first part of the body that absorbs a significant amount of the impact. Victims can suffer a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), broken bones, and torn muscle.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Victims of Head-On Collisions
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a head-on collision, the emotional trauma can often be as painful as the physical injuries. The experienced Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton understand how devastating this can be and we are committed to providing you with the dedicated and compassionate legal counsel you need to secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. We will not stop until justice has been served. To schedule a free consultation with us, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.