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Can you prevent a head-on car crash?

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Drivers and passengers may take precautions when traveling in a vehicle. Both might fasten their seat belts, and the driver could take steps to avoid any accidental moving violations. No one wants to get involved in a head-on car accident due to the severe injury risks, but controlling how other drivers perform seems impossible. Still, Virginia motorists can perform steps to improve safety and cut down on the risks of a head-on crash.

Worries about head-on collisions

A rear-end, T-bone, or side-swipe collision may lead to horrible injuries, but a head-on collision might come with the most significant chance of fatalities. These car crashes typically happen when one driver crosses a center line and heads into oncoming traffic. The front-ends of both vehicles might then collide.

Drivers should pay attention to the road and the position of the center line. Distractions and daydreaming may lead to crossing the line and hitting another vehicle.

Drivers should also pay attention to oncoming traffic. Although one driver may take careful steps to stay on the proper side of a line, another driver could operate a vehicle recklessly. Being aware of other drivers and their actions may contribute to a faster defensive driving reaction.

Negligence and crossing center lines

Anyone who crosses over a solid line to make an illegal pass commits a moving violation. Such negligence may leave someone legally responsible for any injuries, deaths, and property damage. When lines are not solid, passing is legal, but safety counts. Making a dangerous pass that brings a vehicle too close to oncoming traffic opens someone to potential liability claims if there is an accident.

Even the best steps might not prevent a crash. Persons hurt by a driver who causes a head-on collision can take action to recover compensation for the losses that they have sustained.