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5 Ways to Minimize the Risk of a Head-On Collision

Steve Wagner

Synopsis

  • Westfield police have identified the victims of a deadly head-on crash as a married couple from Indianapolis.
  • Investigators are continuing to review the accident and are working to find reasons as to why a sedan crossed the centerline and collided with the couple’s SUV.
  • Head-on collisions often occur because of driver distractions, fatigue, intoxication, and bad decision-making like speeding or poorly executing a passing maneuver.
  • All drivers, no matter what age or experience level, can reduce their risk of being involved in a head-on collision by practicing alert and safe driving.

Deadly Head-On Collision Being Investigated in Westfield

Indiana State Police investigators are working to understand the accident scene where a married Indianapolis couple died after their Chevrolet SUV was struck head-on by a Buick sedan on State Road 32. No information has been released regarding the survivors of the second vehicle other than that the driver was an adult and the passenger a juvenile.

A head-on crash typically occurs when a vehicle crosses a centerline or a median and runs into an approaching vehicle. These types of collisions are often deadly because most drivers don’t see the vehicle coming or don’t have the time to safely maneuver away.

Prepare for a Head-On Collision and Reduce Your Risk of Becoming a Roadway Fatality

These types of car accidents should remind motorists to stay alert, not be distracted, and be prepared at all times. All drivers, no matter what age or experience level, can learn how to reduce their risk of being involved in a head-on collision by following these good driving practices:

  • Pay attention and never drive drunk or while texting. If you are fully aware of your surroundings, you’ll be able to see the driver swerving down the road.
  • Turn on your headlights to bring an oncoming driver’s attention to your presence, even during the day.
  • Be prepared to drive into the shoulder of the road if another driver appears to be headed in your direction.
  • Never straddle or hug the center line. This is just asking for head-on collision, either from distracted drivers driving towards you or from a slip of your hand that takes you into the oncoming lane.
  • Drive in the right lane in multi-lane traffic areas, and if you are in the left, drive as close to the right as is safe. This is particularly true of curvy roads, so you can avoid a driver who may be speeding around the bend.

If a driver is headed in your direction, knowing where you can move to is also a good habit to get into and one way to avoid being involved in a head-on collision. Many roadways have a shoulder, mostly gravel, which can be used to safely drive to the side as oncoming vehicles travel toward your line. At this point, you as a motorist, will want to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and move slightly onto the gravel shoulder to avoid a head-on collision. The likelihood of striking an object is high but will have a better outcome than being hit head-on.

Were You Injured in a Head-On Collision? – Call Wagner Reese

It’s not every day that you or a loved one are injured in a car accident let alone a scary head-on collision, but if it happens, you want the right attorney on your side. The vehicular accident attorneys have the experience you need to secure compensation and assist you with your recovery.

If you’ve been injured, or if you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent driving, call our offices today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation or speak with us by submitting our online form and our attorneys will review your information.

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