The National Center for Statistics and Analysis and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that head-on accidents are disproportionately represented in deadly crashes on two-lane highways. These two-lane roadways make up a substantial percentage of the highway network in the country; Indiana alone has nearly 30,000 miles of road. Thus, motorists must take steps to avoid highway crashes, especially since many of these crashes are head-on.
Many organizations and safety advocates have researched to help curtail head-on crashes. However, these accidents continue to occur. While the rate of head-on accidents is not as high as other types of accidents, these crashes tend to result in the most severe outcomes.
For instance, local news sources reported a fatal Knightstown, Indiana crash. According to the Sheriff’s Office, a driver was killed when he veered into the center line while heading south toward 1-70. He slammed into a northbound driver in an SUV and eventually came to a stop in a ditch. The driver was trapped in his vehicle and died from his injuries before an emergency helicopter arrived. The SUV’s driver’s vehicle ignited and came to a rest in another ditch. Emergency responders transported her to a regional hospital for treatment.
Despite considerable improvements to head-on crashworthiness, frontal accidents still make up a harrowing number of front-seat occupant deaths. One study focused on the association between head-on accident severity and likely causal factors. Some factors that may contribute to a potential head-on accident include geometric characteristics of the road, weather conditions, road surface conditions, and the day and time of the accident. According to certain data sets, wet roadway surfaces and narrow highway segments significantly correlated to the severity of an accident. The width of the roadway and pavement was a consistent factor, perhaps because a wider road presents more opportunities to avoid a head-on accident. Furthermore, a vehicle’s braking ability is critical to preventing a crash.
In any event, crashes are not always accidents, and a person or another entity’s negligence or recklessness may be responsible for the damages that arise. In these cases, injury vicitms or their loved ones should consult with an attorney to determine their rights and remedies after any Indiana accident.
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