The sight of a head-on car accident aftermath is not foreign to most people.
Such wreckages have been seen in person and on the nightly news. It is
easy to understand that these types of
car accidents are often the most serious and cause the most devastating injuries, including death
Experienced Newburgh car accident attorneys know that many head-on car accidents are caused by simple failures to
adhere to vehicle and traffic laws. Additionally, driving under the influence
of drugs and or alcohol, drowsy driving, falling asleep at the wheel,
and distracted driving are the common causes of head on collisions.
Victims will suffer spine injuries,
traumatic brain injury, and or whiplash, among others. If the driver who caused the accident
was operating his or her vehicle negligently, the victims and or their
families can receive compensation for all injuries attributable to the
offending motorist’s negligence.
At the most basic level,
head-on collision victims will suffer abrasions, bruising, cuts, and abrasions. While these are
the more minor injuries, they can still cause serious pain and often result
in permanent scarring.
Since the motorists’ bodies will be violently thrown around at the
moment of impact, whiplash often occurs. Whiplash is an extreme pulling,
stretching, or tearing away of the shoulder and neck muscles. At the same
spinal cord can become twisted and compressed. This can cause back disks to rupture, bruise the spinal cord itself,
and even sever the spinal cord. Obviously, such trauma can lead to permanent
and or temporary paralysis.
The head on collision victim’s head will also collide with the airbag,
steering wheel, and head rest. The force of a person’s head moving
back and forth will also lead to a second collision; that which occurs
between the brain itself and the interior skull. At the very least, a
concussion will result. Brain bleeding may occur, whether from the violent
blunt impact or from bone fragments that penetrates the brain tissue.
This can result in a very serious
traumatic brain injury.
Other injuries will include fractured eye sockets, eye loss, retinal tears,
broken fingers and hands, fractured arms and legs, and bruised or broken ribs.
As mentioned above, violations of vehicle and traffic laws highly attribute
to head on car accidents. Note, however, that traffic violations may not
mean automatic negligence, but rather can simply be an indicator of negligence.
motorist can be deemed negligent even if no traffic violation occurred.
This is because all motorists must use reasonable care when driving a vehicle,
as would any other prudent driver under similar circumstances. Therefore,
if the offending driver was not speeding, but should have been driving
slower due to weather and road conditions, he or she can still be deemed
Learn about many of the other causes of car accidents and the types of
injuries they cause in
our article available here. Read about damages in rear-end car accidents and the injuries they cause
in our blog post available here. Learn how side impacts can be very dangerous and what injuries they can cause in
our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.