Head-on collisions are likely the most lethal of all motor vehicle accidents. This is because in general, head-on collisions involve two vehicles going full speed at each other. While there are people who survive these types of horrific accidents, they are statistically the most deadly types of automobile accidents. .
Why Do Head-on Collisions Occur?
Carelessness and distracted driving are common culprits in head-on collisions. That said, there there are a number of other contributing factors, as well
Drivers with limited driving experience, whether they only recently received their license or, because it has been years since they have driven, are at a higher risk for head-on collisions and subsequent death. This is due most often, to a narrow understanding of the rules of the road, the pitfalls that may arise, and how to manage the behavior of other drivers with whom you share the road.
Being unaware of the dangers that lie a head-on any given street, highway, or roadway, is both dangerous and unfair to others. Drivers must educate and re-familiarize themselves with rules of the road on a regular basis. Ignorance that results in unintentional careless driving is not an excuse.
Being unable to see a large vehicle that is objectively right near you may sound a bit bizarre, but thanks to blind spots, it is very possible. In order to avoid head-on collisions, as well as other types of accidents, it is vital that you adjust your mirrors prior to venturing out on to the roads. Additionally, you should adjust the rearview mirror in order minimize the presence of blind spots all the way around your vehicle. Surveying the area around you before you pull out of a spot or drive into traffic is crucial, as well.
Speeding Around a Curve
Rushed, harried, and stressed drivers are another factor that contributes to the occurrence of head-on collisions. When it comes to driving circuitous or mountainous roads, you must be aware of the winding paths, their unpredictable turns, and how to maneuver them. You must also remain cognizant of the fact that you may not be able to see oncoming traffic because it is blocked by a curvature in the road.
Injuries Typically Sustained in Head-on Collisions
Injuries resulting from head-on collisions can be extensive, extreme, and life altering. While most do not survive this kind of accident, those who do often deal with chronic pain, suffering, and emotional distress. .
Seat Belts and Chest Injuries
Being pushed into another vehicle propels the body forward, often jerking it about. When passengers and drivers are thrust forward and then back by the force of a head-on collision, their life saving seat belts can cause bruising and fractures within the chest.
Head Injuries and the Windshield
When we drive, we are protected from outside debris by the front windshield. In the event of a head-on collision, however, the force with which people can be tossed, puts them at risk of going directly through the windshield. As a result, this puts individuals at high risk for lacerations and glass filled wounds.
Preventing Head-On Collisions
Some of the safest and best ways to prevent head-on collisions involve basic changes and understandings we can surely all subscribe to. For example, staying awake and observing traffic laws are big contributors to safe driving. Acknowledging when we are simply too tired to drive, or not feeling skilled enough to do so, can also prevent any number of accident, fatalities, and head-on collisions.
Collision Avoidance Technology
Collision Avoidance Technology allows drivers to gauge distance and speed through the use of sensors. These sensors are placed on and around cars, and can alert drivers to dangers in the road as well as their proximity to them. Additionally, alarms that emit warning sounds when drivers are entering potentially dangerous driving conditions that may lead to a head-on collision, are also an effective, prevention tool.
Who to Contact if You Have Been Injured in a Head-On Collision
If you are ever in a head-on collision, you must call Timothy J. Ryan and Associates. Together they can help you navigate insurance claims and remind you that you are not alone.