Head on Collisions
In Toronto, a head-on collision occurs when two vehicles hit each other head-on. These kinds of accidents often arise in circumstances where one vehicle crosses the center line of traffic and collides head-on with another vehicle. Contacting a car accident lawyer will help someone in a head-on accident go through the proper steps before the case.
That means the front of one vehicle strikes the front of the other vehicle. These are often the most violent collisions that result in the most serious injuries. Two vehicles that are traveling at high rate of speed and are brought to a very slow speed very quickly and people are in the middle of that.
Often the injuries can be extremely serious and even catastrophic in some cases, if not fatal. A head-on crash can result in injuries to the hands and wrists from the driver holding on to the steering wheel and breaking their wrists or hands from the impact and/or flailing of the arms. Someone in a head-on collision can receive torn shoulders and/or rotator cuff injuries from the seatbelt restraining them.
Head-on collisions often result in the most serious injuries. These include head injuries and very severe fractures to lower extremities, feet, ankles, and knees from striking the dashboard. There are also internal injuries such as broken ribs, broken sternums, compression fractures in the back, lacerated organs, including lacerated spleens, and punctured lungs.
Most importantly are diffuse axonal injuries where the brain is sheared as a result of being brought to a stop very quickly. When someone is in a head-on collision, everything comes to a stop very quickly and their brain is compressed in their skull. That often causes hemorrhaging and other serious injuries to the brain.
There are also facial injuries from airbag deployment. If there are no airbags, a person can strike the steering wheel or the windshield. There may also be compression fractures in the neck and a herniation in the neck and back that result from high-speed collisions of head-on nature.
Head On Collision Cases
The first steps a lawyer takes in a head-on collision case in Toronto are similar to every other motor vehicle accident claim. They investigate the claim and obtain all the documentation from the relative police departments including the officer’s notes and any investigation that took place following the collision. The lawyer ensures that their client is receiving proper medical attention and proper medical investigation which includes diagnostic imaging such as CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays.
In Toronto, the lawyer helps direct the individual that was in the head-on accident. Generally, this is done through the family doctor but some people do not have a family doctor so the lawyer helps direct the party to a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, and various other treatment providers in the event that their family doctor is unable to do so. The lawyer will arrange for the client to see any relevant specialist who can assist them in their recovery.
They also to help support the lawsuit as is required to substantiate the severity and the permanence of the injuries, which is a requisite in order to have a successful claim for pain and suffering.