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

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
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