The Driving Mistakes That Could Cause A Head-On Collision And Trigger A Personal Injury Lawsuit
Head-on collisions are scary and can potentially be devastating with severe injuries or even fatalities. When one of these serious injuries occurs, it's possible that a personal injury lawsuit might be triggered. In many cases, these injuries are caused by high speed but that isn't always the only reason. There are many different reasons a head-on collision could occur. Here are just a few driving mistakes that are committed every day that could cause one of these types of collisions. If you learn to avoid making these mistakes, you could potentially save yourself a future lawsuit.
Driver related accidents can actually cover a wide variety of causes. This could include drunk driving or driving while on drugs, drowsy driving, and distracted driving. When a driver has been drinking or doing drugs, they are more likely to swerve in and out of their lane without really paying attention to their actions. This could make them start to drive down the wrong side of the street or even head down a one-way street without realizing it.
Distracted driving is similar to drunk driving in the sense that the driver isn't really paying attention to what they are doing behind the wheel and instead they are looking at their phone or eating, as just a couple of examples. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as it could mean the driver falls asleep while driving and is more likely to lose their concentration.
A fairly common reason that a head-on collision could occur is improper passing. There are drivers who pass along stretches of road where a double yellow line appears and this could be dangerous. When a driver becomes impatient, they may take the risk of passing when it isn't safe to do so. It isn't always easy to judge the distance of an oncoming car and they are more likely to risk a crash when passing when they shouldn't.
A head-on collision isn't always the fault of the drivers involved. It can also take place due to the actions of a third-party driver. It's possible that a driver might have had to swerve out of the way of another car who had suddenly stopped in the middle of the road, or even had entered the roadway too close to the following car. The following car may have to swerve to miss it and end up hitting an oncoming car on the other side of the road.
When driving in rural areas, the risks can increase of a head-on collision simply due to the winding nature of some of the roads, and the fact that some drivers tend to speed along these roads. There are many rural roads which are not paved and hitting pot holes or muddy roads at a speed could cause a vehicle to lose control and strike an oncoming car.
If you've been in an accident for any of these, or other, reasons, contact a firm like Bennett & Sharp PLLC.