A majority of car accidents that occur involve only small bumps or scrapes, and would fall into the category of fender benders. However, serious head-on collisions do occur, and often come with massive vehicle damage and significant injury, especially when occurring at high speeds.
Here are the factors that are most likely to result in head-on collisions:
- Driver distraction: A distracted driver is more likely to swerve over into oncoming traffic, resulting in head-on collision. They may be looking down at their phone, attempting to change the radio station, talking to another person in the vehicle or see something outside that captures their attention.
- Drugs or alcohol: The influence of drugs or alcohol is a common factor in head-on collisions. Drunk drivers might, for example, enter the wrong way on a highway, or be more likely to lose control over their vehicle and swerve on the road.
- Fatigued driving: Driving while fatigued comes with many of the same risks and effects that driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol does. Fatigued drivers might start nodding off at the wheel, which can cause them to lose control over their vehicle or fail to stay in their lane.
- Attempting to overtake a vehicle: On two-lane highways, the only way to pass a vehicle that is traveling slowly is to go on to the opposite side of the highway when there is plenty of straight road with clear visibility. However, a failure to make sure there is sufficient room to overtake the vehicle can result in a head-on collision.
- Poor weather or visibility: Poor weather and visibility on the roads can make it difficult to see where you’re going or what you’re doing. If you cannot either adjust or get off the road, this could cause an accident.
- Failure to follow traffic signals: Going through traffic lights or stop signs could cause a head-on collision with other vehicles. Be sure to follow all traffic control devices you come across on the road.
For information about the steps to take if you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.