Car accidents happen often in Maryland and can leave victims seriously injured. A head-on collision is one of the most serious, but you can take certain steps to prevent them.
Common causes of head-on collisions
Head-on collisions occur for a number of reasons. One of the most common is impaired driving. If a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or is fatigued, it can lead to a disastrous situation of their vehicle veering off into a lane with traffic traveling in the opposite direction.
Distracted driving commonly causes head-on collisions. The driver’s attention is diverted elsewhere and they may not realize they’re heading directly toward another vehicle head-on until it’s too late.
Poor weather conditions like heavy rain, sleet, ice, snow and fog can result in a head-on collision as well. If the driver can’t effectively control their car, it can skid and slide. Many of these weather situations can also reduce visibility.
Tips to avoid a head-on collision
There are steps you can take to avoid a head-on collision and the serious injuries that accompany it. Always be alert and keep your eyes on the road at all times. Don’t just look ahead; look to either side, check your rear mirrors and turn your head to look behind you for added safety.
Keep to your right if you’re on a two-lane road. Slow down if you notice any potential hazards on the road ahead. When you drive a little slower, you’re being cautious, can maintain better control and can more easily stop if necessary.
Remain sober while driving. Avoid driving if you’re fatigued. Never pass a vehicle from the right or swerve into a left lane. You should also avoid driving on the center line as it can increase the risk of a head-on collision.