How Can Drivers Avoid Head-On Crashes?

Car accidents may cause PTSDRecently, a two-vehicle head-on car crash claimed the life of a 38-year-old DeQuincy man, per KATC-TV. The wreck happened just after 6 am on Louisiana Highway 27. The 38-year-old man was driving a Nissan Sentra north on LA 27 prior to the crash. Reportedly, his Sentra drifted onto the southbound side of LA 27 for unknown reasons. The driver of the other vehicle, a GMC Sierra, involved in the accident was driving south on LA 27 at the time and collided with the Sentra when it crossed into his lane. The driver of the Sierra suffered minor injuries in the crash.

As of this writing, the cause of wreck was still under investigation. Often in the case of head-on car accidents such as this drowsy driving or drunk driving can be to blame.

Tips for Drivers to Avoid Head-On Car Accidents

In many cases, wrong-way drivers cause head-on car accidents because they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving fatigued. In either case, they may not realize they are driving on the wrong side of the road until it is too late. Here are a few tips to help you avoid head-on collisions if you encounter a wrong-way driver on the road:

  • Avoid “target fixation” – Target fixation is when you focus on a direction that you do not want to head in and as a result, drive in that direction. For instance, do not stare at the wrong-way driver’s vehicle. Instead, focus more on driving in a direction that will help you avoid a head-on accident.
  • Do not swerve to the opposite side of the road – Your natural instinct may be to swerve into the lane vacated by the wrong-way driver. However, try to avoid doing this, because then you will become the wrong-way driver and may end up in a head-on crash with another vehicle.
  • Use caution if you flash your lights or honk your horn – Concentrate on controlling your vehicle. If you can alert the other driver with your lights or horn that he or she is driving in the wrong direction without sacrificing your ability to avoid a head-on collision, do it.

The Lafayette personal injury attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat have years of experience successfully holding negligent drivers and their insurance companies accountable.

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