A 37-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on I-275 and struck another car seriously injuring its driver. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the wrong-way driver was driving a 2017 Subaru Forester north in the southbound lanes of I-275 near mile marker 26.5 around 3:15 a.m., Friday, March 22, 2019, when she struck a 2013 Buick Verano.
Right after the collision, the Subaru burst into flames, but the driver escaped in time. However, the driver of the Buick was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious bodily injury. The Subaru driver was charged with DUI Causing Serious Bodily Injury.
Head-On Collision Accidents
When someone is involved in a head-on collision, they are at more risk of death and serious injury according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The head-on collision account for only 2 percent of all accidents in a year, yet they account for 10 percent of all fatalities. They are also responsible for some of the most traumatic injuries of all crash types.
Head-On Collision Injuries
The reason a head-on collision is so dangerous is because the impact is comprised the speed and weight of both vehicles coming to a dead stop simultaneously. The occupants are thrown around the inside of the vehicle being thrust forward, backward and side to side.
Also, the vehicles are severely damaged in a head-on collision with the passenger compartments often crushed leaving little room for those inside. Because of these dynamics, there are injuries common to a head-on collision:
- Blunt Force Trauma: The vast majority of fatalities come from the impact of the person into whatever is in front of them.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Not always fatal and happens with the impact of the body at the time of collision.
- Thoracic Spine Injury: (Whiplash) This injury is not necessarily fatal, but it often results in paralysis. It comes from the body being thrown forward where the spine in the neck is stretched and then violently compressed when thrown back into the seat.
- Broken Bones: Skull fractures, facial bones, ribs and extremities such as wrists, ankles legs.
Do I need an Attorney if I’m injured in a Head-On Collision?
Before you speak to anyone from an insurance company, it’s best to talk to an experienced auto accident attorney who knows the law and is experienced in personal injury claims and head-on collision. The attorneys at RHINO Lawyers have that knowledge and experience and can get you the compensation you deserve.
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