While there is no such thing as a “good” car accident, head-on collisions can be particularly bad for a variety of reasons. For starters, a head-on crash takes place when two vehicles are moving in opposite directions, meaning that the impact is essentially doubled. The quick deceleration that happens when two vehicles hit each other head-on can cause many different types of injuries, and even death.
If you have been involved in a head-on crash in San Diego, contact our team immediately for a free initial consultation to learn about how we can help you get the money that you need and deserve. We will help you work through the necessary steps to determine the amount that you are owed, how we will work with the insurance company to get this amount, and the most appropriate steps if we need to take your case to the San Diego Superior Courts.
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Common Injuries From Head-on Collisions
As you can imagine, two vehicles approaching each other from opposite directions and colliding will cause some serious damage to the vehicles and the people inside. Below is a limited list of common injuries, but the actual injuries possible from this type of accident depend on a variety of factors that go far beyond this list.
A seatbelt is, without question, one of the most important safety features in an automobile. It keeps the passenger in position while the rest of the safety designs are able to keep them safe from where they are. However, when a vehicle goes from a high rate of speed to a standstill in a short period of time, the passenger is thrown against the seatbelt at a high force and can cause serious injuries. It is important to note, though, that these injuries pale in comparison to the injuries that could be sustained if they did not have a seatbelt.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries, otherwise known as TBIs, can cause serious, long-term damage or death to the victim. As the name suggests, they result from trauma to the head that causes injury to the brain. This includes things like skull fractures, edema, concussions, permanent brain damage, or coma. TBIs require immediate medical attention to ensure that there is no further damage and that the appropriate medical professionals are able to respond as necessary to limit the long-term impact that this injury has on the victim and their life. In some cases, untreated TBIs can turn fatal that would have been treatable with proper attention.
When a bone is exposed to a high impact or is forced to flex or bend beyond its ability, it fractures or breaks. Generally, a victim of a bone fracture knows that they have suffered an injury, and therefore knows that it is important to seek medical attention. If not properly addressed, fractures can result in poorly set bones, nerve damage, mobility problems, and may even require that the bone is re-broken in order to help the victim recover their normal physical abilities.
Calculating Damages In Head-On Collisions
There is no simple formula to determine the amount of money that a victim deserves after being involved in a head-on collision in San Diego. Instead, an experienced car accident attorney will analyze their situation and compile a variety of factors that ultimately contribute to the overall amount that the legal team determines that their client is owed. This includes straightforward details like medical bills and lost wages, but in many cases, they also include intangible factors such as pain, suffering, depression, sadness, and a generally decreased quality of life.
Since the intangible, or “non-economic” damages in an accident do not come with a set dollar value appended to them, it is then the legal team’s duty to find a multiplier that is used to indicate the severity of these damages. Once a multiplier is determined, this amount is then applied to the economic damages in order to reach a final amount. For example, a multiplier of 2x and economic damages of $50,000 will result in non-economic damages sought in the amount of $100,000.
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If you have been in an accident and suffered injuries as a result, contact us now to learn about your options for seeking personal injury damages. We will work from you throughout the entire process in order to seek a fair settlement amount from the insurance company, or will work to build a full personal injury lawsuit for you.