Make no mistake; any kind of car accident is dangerous. However, a head-on collision is specifically risky. If you are involved in a head-on collision that is not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation for your damages according to New York car accident laws.
Head-on collisions, like other forms of car accidents, largely happen due to negligence. Here are some of the common causes:
Driving under influence
Drugs and alcohol can significantly impair a driver’s judgment. As a result, they can easily lose control of the vehicle or make poor judgments leading to a head-on collision. For instance, a drunk driver can be so inebriated that they unknowingly end up using an off-ramp as an on-ramp to the highway, resulting in a head-on collision.
Driving for long hours can leave a driver extremely fatigued. As a result, they might end up falling asleep behind the wheel. If a driver is struggling to stay awake or fall asleep while driving, they can easily drive the vehicle into oncoming traffic resulting in a head-on collision. Fatigue is one of the major causes of head-on collisions among long-distance truck drivers.
Conditions like dense fog, rainfall and snow can limit the driver’s visibility resulting in a head-on collision. Wet roads can reduce the car wheels’ traction, and vehicles can veer off to oncoming traffic resulting in a head-on collision.
Making a phone call, texting, eating or operating other electronic devices while driving, are all distracting activities that can easily take the driver’s focus off the road. It only takes seconds of distraction to cross the yellow line into oncoming traffic.
A head-on collision can leave you with serious injuries and property damage. If you have been involved in a head-on collision that is not your fault, it is important that you explore the legal options available for you.