Head-on collisions are one of the most deadly types of accidents on Florida roadways. What causes them, and how can they be avoided? Finally, in the event you experience such a collision, how can a local attorney help?
Obviously, head-on crashes occur when one vehicle is not where it is supposed to be. The most frequent situations involve:
- A vehicle drifts across the median line into oncoming traffic;
- A driver proceeds in the wrong direction onto a freeway ramp or a divided highway;
- A vehicle enters a one-way road in the wrong direction;
- A driver attempts to pass another motorist in a no-pass zone or when there is not enough room to do so;
- An animal darts into the road, startling a driver, who swerves to miss colliding with it;
- Some other object in the road causes a driver to go outside the lane to avoid it.
Avoiding the Collision
There are a number of things drivers can do to avoid involvement in these incidents. To ensure you’re not the motorist who’s on the wrong side of the road:
- Pay attention to road signs and pavement markings;
- Do not drive when overly tired or distracted;
- Use extreme caution when overtaking and passing another vehicle;
- Refuse to drive when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When Another Vehicle is Coming in Your Lane
The panic associated with seeing a vehicle careening toward you cannot be understated. If you find yourself in this situation, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of avoiding a collision:
- Slow down;
- Flash your headlights;
- Lay on the horn;
- Move as far to the right as possible;
- Realize that going into a ditch or hitting a tree or a rail is less dangerous than a head-on collision with a moving vehicle.
Florida is no stranger to head-on collisions and the devastation that follows:
- One driver was killed, another was seriously injured, and five passengers wound up in the hospital after a head-on crash on County Road 74 in Glades County;
- A head-on collision in Miami lead to the death of one driver and serious injuries to the other and a passenger in March of 2018;
- When one vehicle rear-ended another on a Florida highway, a third vehicle swerved into the other lane, colliding head-on with a fourth vehicle. The driver in the fourth vehicle was killed, while one child experienced severe injuries and an infant was unharmed. The driver who crossed the lane into oncoming traffic was unharmed.
In the Aftermath of an Accident
Head-on collisions are serious. If you are the victim of a head-on collision, the experienced team at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton can help. You may be entitled to damages related to medical care, and lost present and future wages, at a minimum. Contact us in Daytona & Ormond Beach for a free, confidential consultation today.