Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Causes of Head-On CollisionsJanuary 31, 2017
When a car accident involves a head-on collision, the results are often devastating. In most cases, this type of collision happens when both drivers are traveling at high speeds, which often means the victims suffer life-changing, sometimes fatal, injuries, despite standard safety features like crumple zones, air bags, seat belts, and bumpers.
Common Causes of Head-On Collisions
- Drunk Driving: Intoxicated drivers often swerve in and out of their lane without realizing it. This is particularly dangerous if a drunk driver crosses over the center yellow line into oncoming traffic. A drunk driver may also drive the wrong way down a one-way street or highway, resulting in a head-on collision.
- Drowsy Driving: When drivers are fatigued, they are more likely to lose concentration, or may even fall asleep at the wheel. As a result, they may unknowingly drift into another lane and into oncoming traffic.
- Distracted Driving: Texting, talking on the phone, eating, or any other behavior that causes drivers to become distracted can be a recipe for disaster, especially when a driver mistakenly moves out of their lane, hitting another vehicle head-on.
- Improper Passing: Drivers are not supposed to pass other cars when there is a double yellow line. Unfortunately, too many drivers become impatient and attempt to pass the car in front of them. If the passing car misjudged how much road space would be needed to pass, and the driver is unable to either pass in time, or brake and get back into their lane, this can result in a head-on collision.
- Rural Roads: Most head-on collisions occur on rural roads because they can be narrow and full of twists and turns. In fact, statistics show that close to half of all head-on collisions occur on rural highways. Head-on collisions can occur when a driver is speeding on winding roads and fails to see oncoming traffic until it is too late.
- Third Party Drivers: Sometimes, a driver who is not involved in the wreck is actually responsible for causing the accident. For example, if you get into a head-on collision with another car, but the car that caused you both to swerve out of your lane is not involved in the crash, the third party driver would be at fault.
- Road Hazards: When a driver swerves, or drifts into another lane in an attempt to avoid things like potholes, improper lane markings, debris, or other road hazards, it can cause a head-on collision.
Maryland Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions are one of the most dangerous types of car accidents, and often result in catastrophic injuries. If you have been severely injured in a head-on collision, call our Maryland car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will aggressively pursue the negligent parties and seek the maximum financial compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.