When driving on roads and highways, most people give little thought to the cars going past them in the oncoming lane. However, other than a few feet of empty space and some painted lines in the middle of the road, there is nothing to prevent any of these cars from swerving into your lane and hitting you head-on. When this happens, the impact is especially violent because the collision speed is the sum of the speeds of both cars. This is why the injuries sustained in head-on collisions are often severe.
The Causes of Head-On Collisions
This type of accident requires a car to depart from its lane or road and enter into a lane of opposing traffic. In addition, the driver can enter the wrong way into an inter-state highway or a one-way road. Common reasons why this happens are:
- Loss of control – The vehicle turns a corner too fast or strikes an obstacle or car and swerves into the opposite lane. An over reaction to avoid something can also cause the driver to lose control.
- Driver falls asleep – This typically happens at night when people often drive while fatigued or drowsy.
- When passing another car – Poor or impaired judgment and inexperience can cause the driver to miscalculate adequate passing distances. Sometimes the collision is the result of illegal or improper passing in an area where passing isn’t allowed.
- Driver impairment – Impairment may be caused by alcohol or another drug. The drugs may be recreational or prescription. Extreme fatigue is another cause of impairment.
- Distraction – Eating, talking, daydreaming, reading, using the radio or a mobile device are among the many ways that distracted driving occurs.
- Poor conditions – Poor visibility conditions such as a thick fog or an intense snow storm may cause cars to veer into the oncoming lane. Driving too fast on icy or wet roads can result in sliding into oncoming traffic.
- Car malfunction – A sudden tire blowout is a common reason for loss of control.
The combined speeds of both cars make the consequences of head-on collisions devastating. The victim of another’s negligence or aggressive driving that led to the accident, may be left with life-altering injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, or the wrongful death of a loved one.
While insurance may cover some or most of the medical costs of recovery, it doesn’t cover all of the consequences and hardships. Getting the compensation you deserve is best done through the services of the right car accident attorney. Contact us at McMahan Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.