Ways to Prevent a Head-On Collision
Although only around 2 percent of all traffic accidents are head-on collisions, they account for 10 percent of all fatalities. Those who survive are often critically injured and face mounting medical costs and lost wages, which can add additional stress by impacting the family’s financial security. Although many auto accidents are unavoidable, learning the leading reasons that a head-on collision occurs to avoid them can help.
Help From a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are injured or lose a loved one in a head-on collision, Morris Law is here to help you get through this difficult time in your life and obtain the compensation you deserve. It’s difficult enough to deal with the trauma without having to take on a financial burden that someone else caused. Phone us at (843) 202-0944 in Myrtle Beach or (808) 470-4444 in Aiken to schedule a free case review. You can also reach us online.
The Major Causes of Head-on Collisions
Driver negligence is the most common cause of a head-on collision. Some of the reasons they happen include:
- Distracted driving: Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving is a major cause of all types of accidents, including head-on collisions. While South Carolina law prohibits texting while driving under S.C. Code § 56-5-3890, talking on a cell phone when traveling in a vehicle is also dangerous. Other forms of distracted driving include checking your GPS, changing a radio station or eating and drinking while driving.
- Driving drunk or while under the influence of drugs: Drunk or drugged driving is a factor in many traffic collisions every year, which result in serious injuries or fatalities. Drunk drivers cause most of the head-on collisions on highways by mistakenly entering a ramp going in the wrong direction. When you spot a possibly impaired driver on the roadway, keeping your distance and informing authorities can help keep you and others safer.
- Improper passing: Head-on collisions often occur along rural roads, and most of these accidents result from improper passing. Either the driver doesn’t have a clear view ahead and decides to attempt to pass or they become impatient. Waiting until the view ahead is clear can keep you safe.
- Fatigued driving: Fatigued drivers have been compared to those who are inebriated in the effect it has on the motorist. A sleepy driver can either drift over the centerline or fall asleep, which can have disastrous consequences. If a driver is too sleepy to be behind the wheel of a vehicle, they should ask for a ride from a friend or phone a rideshare.
- Not allowing for weather conditions: Icy, snowy or wet roads can increase the risk of an accident. A vehicle can slide into an opposing lane by losing control. Adjusting the vehicle’s speed accordingly can help avoid a head-on crash.
- Disobeying traffic laws: Drivers who run a red light or stop sign, make an improper turn at an intersection, speed and commit other traffic infractions increase the risk of accidents, including head-on collisions. Obeying traffic laws obviously lowers the risk.
Morris Law Firm
When you’ve suffered an injury, our experienced lawyers at Morris Law Firm are here to help. We understand what you’re going through and offer a free case review so you know what options are available to recover compensation. There is no charge for your case review, and it’s a good opportunity to have your questions answered. Call us at (843) 202-0944 in Myrtle Beach or (808) 470-4444 in Aiken. If we take your case, remember that you owe us nothing until your case has been won.