Relative to rear impact and side impact collisions, head-on collisions are infrequent. However, when they do happen, they’re often deadly or lead to severe, debilitating injuries, especially when the vehicles involved are traveling at high speeds.
Recently in south Colorado Springs, a head-on collision claimed a woman’s life. According to news reports, she was heading eastbound on Highway 85/87, when her car crossed into the westbound lane and struck another vehicle. The driver of this other vehicle sustained minor injuries, and a passenger suffered more serious injuries.
What decreases the risk of head-on collisions?
When head-on collisions occur on highways, it’s typically because one car has crossed the center line or median into the wrong lane; sometimes drivers also get onto a highway incorrectly and find themselves driving into oncoming traffic.
To decrease the risk of a head-on collision, the following are some safe practices to adopt:
- Familiarize yourself with your driving route. If you’re making your way through a system of highways you’ve rarely (or never) driven on before, you’re more likely to head into the wrong lane. Once you do that, it’s very difficult to avoid oncoming vehicles traveling at high speed. Study maps in advance, have a responsible passenger help you navigate, and use a GPS device if you find its instructions clear.
- Don’t drive when fatigued. If you’re exhausted or ill, avoid going on the road. All it can take is a couple of seconds of nodding off at the wheel for your car to drift onto the wrong lane.
- Make sure you can clearly see where the lanes divide. This can be a problem if the road curves or if there’s poor visibility. Use headlights when it’s too dark out and always give yourself some margin of error; don’t drive too close to the center line.
- Avoid distractions. If you’re focused on something else, you may not even notice your car drifting into the wrong lane.
- Don’t speed. Hazardous road conditions, such as ice, increase the risk of a vehicle sliding into the wrong lane; if you’re speeding, you’ll have a harder time controlling your vehicle.
Given their potentially deadly or otherwise damaging consequences, it’s important that you contact experienced Colorado Springs injury lawyers after a head-on collision. We will advocate on your behalf with insurance companies and in any cases where the accident stemmed from someone’s negligence.