Head-On Crash Kills Man in Jackson County
- Indiana State Police are investigating after a man was killed and three others were injured in a head-on crash on US 31 in Seymour.
- A head-on crash typically occurs when a vehicle crosses a centerline or a median and crashes into an approaching vehicle or when a driver knowingly or unknowingly travels the wrong way in a traffic lane.
- Often, head-on collisions occur because of distractions, fatigue, intoxication, and bad decision-making on the part of the drivers involved in making risky decisions such as speeding or executing a passing maneuver on a two-lane road.
- The car accident attorneys at Wagner Reese have pulled together a few lessons for drivers to review on how they can prevent head-on collisions by following simple good driving practices.
Man Killed in Jackson County Was Involved in Head-On Crash
Indiana State Police are investigating after a man was recently killed and three others were injured in an evening crash in Seymour, Indiana. As Indiana State Police continue to investigate the accident we know these facts from preliminary investigations:
- An 89-year-old man from Crothersville, Indiana, was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier southbound on US 31 near County Road 275 North when his vehicle crossed the center line.
- The Chevrolet Cavalier drove into the path of a 58-year-old man from Seymour, who was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer.
- The vehicles collided head-on in the northbound lanes of US 31.
Police said the driver of the Cavalier and his passenger were then transported to a local hospital. The driver later died of his injuries, but the 83-year-old passenger was taken to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment. The driver of the Trailblazer and his passenger were transported by family members to the hospital for treatment.
At this time police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash but say a possible medical condition may have led to the Cavalier crossing the center line. Statistics from the Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicate that “18 percent of noninterchange, nonjunction fatal crashes are two vehicles colliding head-on.” Head-on collision accidents like this should remind drivers to stay alert, not be distracted, and be prepared at all times while operating a motor vehicle.
When the Unstoppable Approaches, Know What to Do
Head-on collisions are often deadly because most drivers don’t see them coming or don’t have the time to safely maneuver away from an oncoming vehicle. Drivers may be able to reduce their risk of being hit head-on by having their eyes fixed on the road ahead and taking time to watch the flow of oncoming traffic and others’ driving patterns. It helps to pay special attention to where in the lane an approaching vehicle is driving. If they are drifting, that knowledge can give you the added time needed to move safely out of their way.
But knowing where you can move to is a good habit to get into and one way to avoid being involved in a head-on collision as well. Many roadways have a shoulder, mostly gravel, which can be used to safely drive to the side as oncoming vehicles travel towards your line. If you need to use the shoulder, you will want to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and move slightly onto the gravel or blacktop. Be prepared to drive to the right and don’t wait until the last second to do so. If you begin leaning to the right before the other car is directly in front of you, you have a higher chance of avoiding colliding with a solid object. If you can’t avoid hitting an object do you best to not hit it head-on. Remember that you may have some damage done to your car, but it will certainly be better than the results of a head-on collision with another vehicle.
If panic hits and the brakes crunch, most drivers will enter the worst reaction mode a person can have. If a driver loses control by braking into an accident, breathe and simply slow down as much as is safely possible. If there is an impact, this will greatly reduce the damage done and the risk of fatality. Braking will only delay the oncoming driver from hitting you and cause even more serious injury if not death.
Learn how to prevent a head-on collision by following these additional simple good driving practices:
- Stay Alert: Naturally, the first most basic preventative precaution for head-on collisions is to pay attention and never driver distracted by your phone or other passengers. If you are fully aware of your surroundings, you are likely to be able to see the driver swerving down the road.
- Be Seen: Turn on your headlights to bring an oncoming driver’s attention to your presence, even during the day. In Indiana, headlights must be turned on between dusk and dawn and when visibility is reduced to 500 feet or less.
- Know How to Drive the Shoulder: As mentioned earlier, be prepared to drive into the shoulder if a driver is appearing to swerve toward you to avoid a collision. The likelihood of striking an object is high but the move will have a better outcome than being hit head-on.
- Avoid Driving the Middle: Never straddle or hug the center line. This is just asking for a head-on crash, either from distracted drivers or from a slip of your hand that takes you into the oncoming lane.
- Pick Your 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 the driver speeding around the bend toward you.
- Don’t Speed: You will have more time to react to a hazard and, should a collision occur, it will not be as damaging at a lower speed.
- Wear Your Seatbelt: Make sure you and your passengers are properly restrained. This is the single most important thing you can do to protect your life and the lives of your loved ones if involved in a motor vehicle crash.
When two vehicles collide, this dangerous type of accident will often be fatal. Make sure to drive slow, buckle up, avoid distractions, never drive impaired, stay alert, and be safe.
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.