Drivers hospitalized with serious injuries after head-on crash

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A head-on collision between a 1986 Ford Ranger and an 2001 Nissan Frontier near Gird Road on State Route 76 in San Diego sent both drivers to the hospital with serious injuries. The accident is under investigation, however neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been contributing factors, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP reports that the collision occurred at around 6:50 a.m. on Dec. 8. They say the Ford Ranger driven by a 54-year-old Murrieta woman was traveling west on SR 76 when it drove into eastbound traffic and collided with the Nissan Frontier driven by a 64-year-old man from Dana Point. The drivers were freed from the wreckage by paramedics and transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment. The woman reportedly had several facial fractures, and the man's legs were broken, according to the CHP.

Injuries suffered in head-on collisions are often particularly debilitating, given the lack of an opportunity to prepare for the sudden blunt force impact of the crash. Damage to the head, neck, back and spine are all too common in these crashes, potentially producing disabilities that change lives temporary, and in some cases, permanently. The cost of living for those who suffer these injuries is often increased when they are required to pay for necessary medical care and rehabilitation costs. Some scenarios may call for assistance for life.

Some individuals who suffer permanent injuries may never be able to work at the level they did before the accident. Medical costs, lost wages and earnings lost due to diminished abilities may be available from those potentially liable for these losses. A personal injury lawsuit brought in civil court against the responsible party may provide an avenue for recovery of losses suffered in a serious car accident.

Source: Fox 5 San Diego , "Head on collision shuts down SR-76", December 08, 2014

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