What Are the Major Causes of Fatal Head-On Crashes?

Every year, more than 32,000 people are killed as a result of motor vehicle crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This amounts to vehicle accidents claiming about 90 lives every single day in the United States. Fortunately, by understanding the main causes of these accidents, we can save lives.

First, it is worth considering the types of accidents that tend to be fatal; among these are head-on crashes. Undoubtedly, the result can be devastating when two vehicles moving toward each other collide, especially when they are both traveling at high speeds.

The most common causes behind these collisions, and all vehicle accidents, tend to be driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and distracted driving. Thus, it is not at all impossible to reduce the prevalence of fatal head-on crashes. All we must do is choose to be more responsible when getting behind the wheel.

When it comes to driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or other mind-altering substances, it is important to always err on the side of caution: If you engaged in taking drugs or think you had too many drinks, do not attempt to drive. Ask a friend for a ride home or take an Uber or Lyft. Please note that “drugs” does not always refer to “illicit substances.” For instance, certain medications make some individuals too drowsy to be able to drive.

As for distracted driving, it can be greatly avoided by practicing self-discipline and paying attention to the road. As the popular adage goes, “Drive like your kids live here.” This includes refraining from texting and/or eating while driving. It also includes reducing the amount of time spent adjusting vehicle controls, such as the radio or air conditioning, and making a conscious effort to not drive absentmindedly.

If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a head-on crash caused by another person’s negligence, our attorneys at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm want to hear from you. We are skilled in handling serious accident claims and have more than a century of collective legal experience. Our team is backed by an extensive pool of experts from a range of disciplines to assist us in seeking justice on your behalf.

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