Head-on collisions are devastating—and deadly. It’s estimated that, in the United States, head-on collisions account for many accidents per year, and often result in fatalities. Head-on collisions come in the forms of routine activities like teens driving on their way to school, mothers on their way to pick up their small children, or parents on their way to work just like any other day. Lives are changed in a heartbeat with very little time to respond or react. If you’re lucky enough to see the actions of the other driver, what do you do if you find yourself in the path of a car going the wrong way—and coming your way?
- Stay alert at all times. This means paying attention to the road, to other drivers, and to signs on the road. This does not mean tending to your phone.
- Avoid driving during hours in which a head-on collision likely might occur: late night hours, or very early hours of the morning when people are on their way back from a late-night party or club.
- Scope the road for a way to move out of the way. While you may not encounter a vehicle coming the other way, it’s a good idea to check your own roadway for any shoulders or areas that should serve as an escape route if needed; that is, if you are driving on a mountain road, your chances of moving out of the way of an oncoming vehicle are unlikely to be successful if you are closer to the edge than you are to the mountain.
- Honk your horn—both to alert the driver heading your way, and to alert other drivers.
While a head-on collision can come without warning, the better prepared you are for anything on the road, the better the outcome will be for all. If you have been injured in a head-on collision, or know someone who has been injured or died as a result of a head-on collision, the situation at hand is a sad and heartbreaking one to contend with on your own. Seeking the advice of an attorney in Manhattan or surrounding area who is equipped to handle personal injury cases will help you seek the compensation and closure you need.