Head-on collisions may be one of the rare types of car accidents, but their deadliness makes them worth consideration. This type of incident occurs when two cars collide whilst going in opposite directions.
The amount of force generated in this type of crash can be tremendous, which is why catastrophic injuries and fatalities are so common after a head-on crash.
Causes of head-on collisions
Head-on collisions can occur for a number of reasons. Generally, these crashes involve the driver taking their eyes off of the road for one reason or another. Fatigue is commonly the root cause. Not only can fatigue reduce a driver’s ability to concentrate, but they can also actually fall asleep, causing them to veer into opposing traffic.
Overtaking is another frequent factor in head-on collisions. It only takes one bad decision for a devastating accident to occur. If a driver attempts an overtaking maneuver in poor weather conditions, such as fog or heavy rainfall, they have less chance of seeing what’s coming in the opposite direction.
Another notable cause of head-on collisions is distracted driving. Distractions come in various forms and can be physical or cognitive in nature. Despite laws and regulations in place to prevent such behaviors, some drivers still opt to use their cell phones while in motion. It only takes a brief lapse in concentration to veer off course and collide with an oncoming vehicle.
You may take every precaution to keep yourself safe on the roadways in Georgia. Sadly, you cannot control the behavior of other road users. If you have been injured because of the reckless actions of someone else, you may have a path to obtaining legal compensation for your pain and suffering.