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Head-on accidents often occur when drowsy drivers, distracted drivers, or drivers under the influence drift out of their own lane into the opposite lane of traffic.
There are two types of head-on collisions: those in which the victim is thrown "up-and-over" the steering wheel and those in which the victim is thrown "down-and-under" the steering wheel. Both types of accidents can cause serious injuries.
The impact of a Georgia "Up-and-over" collision, can cause spinal cord and neck injuries. As the body is thrown forward, the Atlanta accident victim may hit his head on the windshield and sustain a concussion or traumatic brain injury. He may also hit his chest and abdomen on the steering wheel which can cause breathing problems, chest injuries, and internal organ injuries. Flying objects and broken glass can cause cuts and contusions.
Car airbags may reduce the severity of the victim's injuries. But, if the victim is not wearing a seat belt, he may be thrown through the windshield and out of the vehicle.
"Down-and-under" head-on accidents are usually less deadly than "Up-and-over" crashes. But, they still cause serious injury. In these accidents, the victim strikes his knees on the dashboard causing injury to the knees, legs, and hips, including broken bones and dislocations. Serious knee injuries can leave the victim in chronic pain and may require surgery or knee replacement.
If you are facing a head-on collision, slow down to reduce the force of the impact and move to the right side of the road. If necessary, get off the road to avoid the collision. This may damage your vehicle but save your life.
Sometimes, accidents cannot be anticipated or avoided. Atlanta auto injury lawyer Shane Smith represents victims of car crashes in the Atlanta metropolitan area. If you have been injured in a Georgia car accident that was caused by another driver, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, property damage, lost wages, and other losses. Contact Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656 to schedule a free consultation with an Atlanta auto injury lawyer.
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