Common Causes of Head-on Crashes
Head-on crashes occur when the front end of one vehicle collides directly into the front end of another vehicle. These crashes are often deadly, especially since both vehicles are often in motion just prior to the impact. The higher the speed, the greater the damage may be, which led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to take measures to specifically reduce the risk of head-on collisions on the highway or freeway.
In order for you to reduce the risk of your own head-on crash, it is important to recognize the common causes of this type of crash, which include the following:
- Distracted Drivers – A common sign of a driver who is looking down to text or for another reason is a swerving motion of their vehicle. In some situations, a driver may be so distracted that they do not realize they have crossed a double yellow line into the path of an oncoming car.
- Drowsy Drivers – Drivers who are fatigued can often lose focus and nod off at the wheel. If a driver suddenly falls asleep, chances are they may involuntarily jerk the wheel in the oncoming traffic lanes and be involved in a head-on collision.
- Drunk Drivers – Drunk drivers are notorious for driving the wrong way on a street or highway. If a drunk driver is speeding along a highway in the wrong direction, it will commonly result is a devastating head-on crash. In addition, drunk drivers may be unable to stay in their own lane, which can lead to a head-on crash in the same way that distracted driving can.
- Improper Passing – Passing on a two-lane road is always risky, even if it is lawful. Drivers who push the limits when passing or who pass when there is a solid yellow line put themselves and others at risk of serious head-on collisions. This is especially true on rural highways.
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