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Causes of Head-on Collisions

October 17, 2016 |
Causes of Head-on Collisions
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Head-on collisions are some of the most deadly crashes that can occur. Head-on collisions commonly happen when both vehicles are moving, so the impact can be serious and severe injuries often result. Many head-on collisions are caused by a negligent party and the following are some of the more common causes of this serious type of collision.

Drunk driving -- Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol1 are often depicted as swerving back and forth due to a lack of control over the vehicle. This swerving also occurs on a regular basis with drunk drivers, as they lose focus on what they are doing and loosen their grip on the steering wheel. If a drunk driving swerves across the center line of a roadway, they can swerve into the path of oncoming traffic and cause a head-on collision. Head-on collisions can also occur if a drunk driver goes the wrong way down a one-way street or highway.

Distracted driving -- When a driver looks away from the road to text, email, type in a phone number, reach into the back seat, or engage in any other form of distracted driving,2 it is common for them to move the wheel and depart their lane. Just like a drunk driver, a distracted driver can cause a head-on collision if they cross the center line into oncoming traffic.

Third party drivers -- In some cases, a head-on collision is not the fault of either driver involved, but due to the careless act of a third driver who did not ultimately crash. If a driver suddenly tries to come into your lane, you may try to avoid hitting that car by jerking your wheel in the other direction. Too often, this sudden instinctual move will force you into the path of oncoming cars and you may be involved in a head-on collision. Third party cases can be complex, especially if the driver who caused the crash does not stop.

Dangerous road conditions -- Many different road conditions can cause you to lose control and cross over the center line into a head-on crash. The following are only some examples of such conditions:

  • Potholes
  • Objects in the road
  • Dangerous curbs
  • Winding roads with speed limits that are too high
  • Poorly-marked lanes

Find Out How an Experienced Michigan Car Accident Lawyer can Help You

If you have been injured in a head-on collision or any type of auto accident, call the Michigan Injury Lawyers for a free consultation today at 313-GET-HELP.

1http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(pta01ctswo0p40mcpaiq1icq))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-257-625

2http://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/facts-and-statistics.html