Although no one can predict when an accident will occur, you can limit your risks for severe injury by knowing how to stay alert and what to do in the event of a head-on collision. This type of crash is often the most devastating, resulting in catastrophic injuries, including head, neck, spine, and brain trauma, shattered bones, and internal organ and arterial damage. The following is a list of safety precautions and actions you can take to help avoid a painful tragedy:
- Anticipate risks. No matter what kind of accident you’re trying to avoid, paying attention to the environment and traffic around you is a good way to start. By noting irregularities in on-coming driver behavior, such as swerving into your lane or erratic movements, you may be able to predict his path and adjust your driving to give him a wide berth and avoid any issue. Staying alert to your driving environment is also important, as you can anticipate possible obstacles and risk areas before they become a problem.
- Increase your attention zone. The more time you have to adjust your driving, the more likely it is that you will be able to avoid an accident. Rather than absent-mindedly watching the area of the road 20 or 30 feet in front of you, expand your field of vision to the horizon. If you aren't distracted, you're likely to see hazardous vehicles coming long before they become a problem.
- Make yourself seen. Make sure your daytime running lights are on and working so that oncoming cars will notice you. At night, make sure you’re using the appropriate lights for the situation.
- Stay to the right of your lane. Never hug the center line of dividing lanes. Even though you may technically still be in “your” lane, drivers who are forced to make wide turns may require additional room. If you’re on the line, you have a better chance of being sideswiped or hit head-on if oncoming traffic veers into your lane.
- Turn to avoid frontal impact. If a collision is inevitable, turn your steering wheel away from it, even if this means you may leave the road, sideswipe brush, or potentially slide into a ditch. A minor fender-bender or sideswipe is much less likely to cause serious injury than a head-on collision. However, you don’t want to skid to avoid the accident, so when you take your turn remember to slow down, but don’t lock your brakes.
- Secure a plan of action. Sometimes, no matter what precautions you take, you won’t be able to avoid a collision. However, you can make plans to protect your family’s future by knowing where to turn. Create an emergency contact list in your phone or place a card in your wallet with relevant numbers for medical care and legal representation.
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Category: Car Accidents
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