Head-On Automobile Accidents
Between 2014 and 2015 Florida had a 17.8% increase in automobile fatalities according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). One of the most deadly forms of automobile accidents is the head-on collision. Head on collisions between two vehicles are almost always the result of human error. Unfortunately, many times the victims of these accidents are unable to avoid the collision. Research can help show you ways to reduce your chances of being involved in this type of accident.
Cause of Head-On Collisions in Florida
Head-on collisions are almost always preventable. The vast majority of head-on collisions are the direct result of a vehicle involving lane departure; put simply, a vehicle did not stay in their lane. The reasons for lane departure are pretty common:
- Drowsy Driving
Another cause of head-on collisions are wrong-way drivers. Occasionally people make wrong turns onto roadways and drive in the wrong direction. While not frequent, the results can be deadly.
Rural vs Urban Head-On Car Accidents
Where do most fatal head-on accidents occur? The overwhelming evidence points to rural roads being more likely than urban roads to have a fatal head-on collision. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) nearly twice as many fatal rural accidents involve head-on collisions, compared to fatal urban accidents. The same study points out that fatal rural accidents are on the rise, while fatal urban accidents are declining.
How to avoid head-on collisions in Southwest Florida
As a, driver it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and remain alert for possible danger. Driving a car equipped with a lane-departure system can help reduce head on collisions. Avoiding rural roads when possible can help reduce the chance you are involved in a head-on collision. Try to drive on roads that have protective barriers installed that prevent vehicles traveling in the opposite direction from crossing over into your lane.
What to do if you are involved in a head-on collision
If you are the victim of a head on collision it is important you get the help you need. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz have over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases. We have six offices located in Southwest Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up your appointment for a free consultation. Justice Starts Now.