Front & Side Car Impact Accidents

FRONT & SIDE IMPACT CAR ACCIDENTS IN AUGUSTA & EVANS, GA

A front impact car accident, commonly known as a head-on collision, is a situation where the front ends of two vehicles meet in a direct crash. Although these types of accidents are less common compared to rear-end or side-impact crashes, head-on collisions are particularly dangerous and often result in fatalities.


The typical scenario in a head-on collision involves a vehicle straying from its lane and crossing into oncoming traffic, resulting in a road departure or lane-departure crash. This can happen when a driver fails to maintain their lane or inadvertently drives the wrong way on a road, leading to a direct confrontation with oncoming vehicles.


The intensity of a frontal impact is significant. According to Newton’s Third Law of Motion, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This was demonstrated in an experiment by the TV show “Mythbusters,” which tested a front-impact collision between two cars each traveling at 50 MPH. The myth was that this impact would equal the force of a single car hitting a solid wall at 100 MPH. However, the experiment disproved this myth, showing that the force of two vehicles colliding head-on at 50 MPH each is equivalent to an impact of 50 MPH, confirming Newton’s Third Law.


Newton’s Second Law of Motion explains that force equals mass times acceleration. Therefore, the force of a collision can be calculated using the mass and acceleration involved. Unlike rear- and side-impact collisions, the force in a frontal impact is generated more rapidly, causing the occupants to feel the impact much sooner. This sudden change in force during a head-on collision can cause severe damage to a motorist’s body.


The most frequent injuries in head-on collisions are broken bones, along with joint and muscle trauma. The rapid movement of the body during the impact often leads to injuries in the lower extremities, including the hips, knees, legs, ankles, and feet, as these parts absorb the full force of the crash. This impact can trap feet and ankles under the dashboard, steering wheel, or pedals, leading to twisted or rotated knees. Injuries like MCL (medial collateral ligament) or ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears are not uncommon. One may also suffer injuries to the lower or upper part of the leg, hip, or shin.

Given the severe nature of injuries in a front impact collision, obtaining legal counsel from a car accident attorney is crucial to explore your legal options. Fleming & Nelson, LLP specializes in handling head-on collision cases and other vehicle accidents with over two decades of combined experience. For a prompt evaluation of your legal rights, please reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney.


If you, a family member, or a close friend has been involved in a front impact car accident or head on collision, contact Fleming & Nelson, LLP today at 706-434-8770 or visit us at 7004 Evans Town Center Blvd., Third Floor, Evans, Georgia 30809 to discuss your particular case and our creative strategies with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. We fight for you, and we don’t back down. Every personal injury case holds potentially life-altering consequences. We don’t hold back on providing our clients the best possible personal injury representation available.

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Side Impact Car Accidents

Side impact collisions, often called T-bone or broadside collisions, happen when one vehicle is hit on its side by the front or rear of another vehicle. This type of crash forms a “T” shape, hence the name T-bone collision.


Unlike front-end collisions where the car’s front end absorbs much of the crash impact, side impacts offer minimal buffer space, often just a few inches of door panel between the driver and the collision point. This limited space means that the vehicle has a reduced capacity to absorb the crash’s force, significantly increasing the likelihood of severe or life-threatening injuries, particularly when the crash zone is near the driver or passenger doors, leading to intrusion into the cabin.


Serious and life-threatening injuries are unfortunately common in side-impact accidents, with a high number of fatalities resulting from severe head injuries, brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. The danger escalates with the disparity in vehicle sizes and heights. For instance, the difference in height between an SUV and a sports car can position the SUV’s bumper at head level for a driver in the smaller vehicle, leaving them extremely vulnerable to catastrophic head injuries.


Because side impact collisions are so common, it prompted automakers to start developing side impact airbags (SABs) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Vehicles equipped with side-impact airbags can significantly lower the risk of death for motorists. SABs, particularly those offering head protection, can reduce the risk of fatalities significantly.

Most side-impact crashes stem from failing to yield or obey traffic signals. Common scenarios include one driver not yielding to another while entering an intersection or making a turn, or running a stop sign or traffic light, leading to one vehicle striking the side of another.


If you, a family member, or a close friend has been involved in an side impact car accident, contact Fleming & Nelson, LLP today at 706-434-8770 or visit us at 7004 Evans Town Center Blvd., Third Floor, Evans, Georgia 30809 to discuss your particular case and our creative strategies with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. We fight for you, and we don’t back down. Every personal injury case holds potentially life-altering consequences. We don’t hold back on providing our clients the best possible personal injury representation available.


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