A frontal (or head-on) impact is one of the most dangerous car collisions, as it creates a tremendous amount of force by violently stopping a moving vehicle. If your vehicle is traveling at 50 mph and suddenly plows into another object, the force your vehicle exerts will not only be exerted onto the object you collided into, but also back toward you. This force is enough to wreak havoc on your vehicle as well as cause a serious amount of physical damage to your body.
Commonly Sustained Front-Impact Injuries
When you are involved in a head-on collision, you are at risk for suffering the following injuries:
- Cuts and lacerations. When the front of a vehicle crashes into something, the force of the impact can cause the windshield to burst or crack. Once damaged, the shards of glass can hurl toward you, slicing your skin. Flying debris from the collision can also cause skin and tissue lacerations and even penetration injuries.
- Whiplash. In a head-on collision, the forward momentum of your vehicle will force anything not restrained violently forward, including your neck. This forward thrust can damage neck muscles and tear tendons.
- Spinal injuries. Depending on the force of the impact, the forward momentum could not only throw your head forward causing whiplash, but also throw your spine out of alignment. Any type of damage caused to the spine could result in partial to complete paralysis.
- Broken collarbone or pelvis. Again, the forward momentum of a head-on collision can put tremendous force on your body. You should be restrained to prevent being thrown around (or outside) the vehicle. However, the restraints themselves can cause injury, as they combat the forward force by pressing into your body. Depending on the amount of force exerted, the belt can easily fracture a pelvic bone or shatter a collarbone.
- Brain injuries. Due to their location at the front of the head, your brain’s frontal lobes are extremely susceptible to blunt force trauma during head-on collisions. Concussions, lacerations, swelling, and closed-head injuries are also common as a result of the impact forces of a forward collision.
- Internal injuries. When the front of your vehicle is heavily damaged, it can become crushed and pushed toward you during the collision. This compression can cause the mangled metal and heavy machinery of the engine block to squeeze your body and cause internal damage.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries as a result of a frontal impact collision, you may be entitled to compensation for your recovery. Contact our office today to learn more about your rights and how to pursue an injury claim. You can schedule your FREE legal consultation today by filling out the contact form provided. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get the financial support you need during this trying time.
Category: Car Accidents
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