Head-on collisions are one of the most dangerous types of events, accounting for about 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 27 percent of all roadway departure fatalities in the nation each year.
Factors Contributing to Head-On Collisions
The causes of motor vehicles are complex, but the characteristics of the drivers broadly play into the likelihood and severity of a head-on collision. According to a recent research study, some main factors contributing to head-on collisions involving younger drivers include inexperience, lack of skill, and risk-taking behaviors. Some typical risk-taking behaviors associated with head-on collisions include:
- Excessive speed
- Drug and alcohol impairments
- Unsafe traffic maneuvers
Whereas the primary factors contributing to head-on accidents involving older drivers involve visual, cognitive, and mobility impairment. Studies have shown that collisions involving older drivers more often involve:
- Failure to yield right of way
- Failure to comply with signs and signals
- Failure to see hazards
- Driver error at intersections
Evidence suggests that advancing age increases the prevalence of cognitive and visual impairments that may lead to collisions.
Preventing Head-On Collisions
Although there is no way to control the negligence of another driver, there are steps motorists can take to decrease the likelihood of a head-on collision. If a head-on collision seems imminent, drivers should slow down and try and move to the right and out of the way of the incoming vehicle. Drivers should avoid driving to the left and into the oncoming lane. Further, attempting to communicate with the wrong-way driver by honking or flashing headlights may alert the driver to their error.
Additionally, there are specific steps state and local governments can take to prevent head-on collisions. Some preventative measures include:
- Pavement markings: These markings help delineate the road and separate travel directions.
- Curve warning signs: Installing signs at horizontal curves can produce a 25 percent reduction in head-on and opposite-direction crashes.
- Center line rumble strips reduce head-on collisions on undivided roads with 2-way traffic.
- Friction treatments: High-friction pavement treatments can immediately reduce head-on collisions that result from friction demand issues.
Further, government entities should take steps to reduce the crash potential when vehicles leave the roadway. Some steps to minimize the severity of crashes include increasing shoulder and median widths and creating a center line buffer area.
North Jay, Maine Head-On Accident
Recently, Maine news reports described a tragic head-on collision that resulted in fatalities and serious injuries. According to reports, law enforcement explained that two vehicles crashed head-on near an intersection. Initial reports suggest that one driver crossed the center line and hit the other vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle died on the way to the hospital.
Head-On Accident Lawyers in Maine
If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries or died in a Maine head-on collision, contact the attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates. Our law firm has a reputation built on decades of securing favorable results for our clients. We treat our clients respectfully and ensure they receive the best representation in their accident claims. In addition to Maine head-on collision lawsuits, our firm handles claims arising from defective products, premises liability, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse and negligence. We have recovered significant compensation for our clients and their families. Contact our office at 1-800-804-2004 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.