Head on collisions are some of the most destructive accidents that occur and they often result in extremely severe injuries and a high rate of mortality. The chances of sustaining traumatic injuries in these types of collision are substantial even when the collision occurs at lower speeds due to the force exerted on both cars by their forward motion against one another followed by rapid deceleration. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious head on collision due to the negligent actions of another person, you are entitled to compensation for the payment of medical bills as well as for the cost of ongoing care and loss of income that are the result of your injuries.
Causes of Head on Collisions
The majority of head on collisions are the result of a driver’s deviation from the lane he or she is supposed to occupy. There are many factors that can influence the ability of a driver to maintain a safe course but the most influential factors include the following.
- Driver fatigue or impairment. Drugs, alcohol and fatigue all have similar effects on the reaction time and decision making abilities of drivers. Any form of impairment can cause a driver to swerve into an ongoing lane or lose control of the vehicle and its course.
- Reckless driving. Drivers who are in a hurry often take dangerous risks without considering that peoples’ lives are at stake. When attempting to weave in and out of traffic, a driver may enter an oncoming lane in order to pass another vehicle and misjudge the amount of time or space required to complete the maneuver.
- Distractions and division of attention. Cell phones and other forms of technology are the cause of a startling number of accidents every year. About 80% of accidents involve an impaired or distracted driver and texting while driving is considered to be more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol.
- Adverse weather. The weather in Chicago is often unpredictable and can result in poor road conditions and visibility. When the pavement gets slick or ice accumulates, vehicles can slide into opposing lanes and collide with oncoming traffic.
Types of Injuries Sustained in Head on Collisions
The inertia and force exerted on the occupants of a vehicle during a head on collision exacerbate the severity of any injury that they are likely to sustain. When the body decelerates rapidly, there is the serious concern of traumatic brain injury even if the head hasn’t contacted or struck another object because the brain can still collide with the inside of the skull and begin to swell. Glass, metal and other debris can also cause and complicate injuries as well. The most severe injuries resulting from these types of accidents include the following.
- Traumatic brain injuries. It is important that victims undergo diagnostic tests to rule out brain injuries immediately following an accident because the symptoms of these injuries may not always present themselves immediately. It can take weeks or months in some cases for the cognitive effects of brain trauma to manifest itself.
- Deep lacerations caused by glass, debris and sharp metal. The main concerns raised by lacerations are the threat of infection, rapid blood loss and the possible need for amputation.
- Broken or crushed bones. These injuries are often painful and could require surgical intervention and extensive therapy to recover from.
- Paralysis caused by severe injury to the neck or any part of the spine. The cost of caring for a loved one who is paralyzed is great and it is important to assess the long term financial impact of such injuries before placing a value on the compensation sought in a lawsuit.
- Death. Head on collisions have a high fatality rate.
The Chicago Injury Center provides legal advice and resources to those who have been injured and we would be happy to answer any questions you have about your rights and legal options following an accident. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at the time and location of your choice. Once we’ve evaluated the details of your case and conducted a thorough investigation into the matter, we can inform you of the best course of action moving forward. Our lawyers only get paid when they have successfully secured compensation on behalf of our clients, so if we fail to do so, our services are free.