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How do head-on collisions occur?

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Personal Injury |

All types of road traffic collisions have the potential to result in severe injuries. However, the most serious type of common crashes are head-on collisions. These involve two vehicles colliding while traveling in opposite directions. When two cars traveling at the same speed collide head-on, this means that the force of the impact is fully doubled.

Identifying the most common causes of head-on collisions helps to increase awareness. So, how do these collisions occur?

Reckless driving

Unfortunately, not all drivers are safety conscious. For some people, getting to their destination quickly takes priority over all else, and they may be willing to take risks to do so. For instance, a driver may exceed the speed limit and lose control of their vehicle, resulting in them straying into the opposite lane and causing a collision. A reckless driver is also likely to engage in unsafe overtaking maneuvers, which greatly increase the risk of head-on collisions.

Distracted drivers

Distracted driving also contributes to head-on collisions. If a driver is not focused on the road, they are much more likely to stray over the center line and enter the oncoming lane. A distraction is anything that takes a driver’s eyes off of the road. This could be having a conversation with a passenger, using a cell phone or simply being lost in thought after a stressful day. A second or two of being distracted is all it takes to enter the wrong lane and cause a head-on crash.

Impairment, fatigue and unfamiliarity with a location are also key factors to consider in head-on collisions. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one to a car accident, seeking legal guidance will help you to recover just compensation.