Car accidents in California are stressful enough, but a head-on collision can be absolutely devastating. This type of accident is exactly as it sounds: the fronts of each car collide. Head-on collisions can often result in serious injuries or deaths. They usually occur when one vehicle is traveling the wrong way down a road.
What should you do if a car is traveling in the wrong direction in your lane?
While you can’t predict what other drivers will do while sharing the road with you and can’t always prevent a car accident, there are steps you can take to keep safer if a driver is traveling in the wrong direction in your lane:
• Slow down by easing your foot off the gas pedal and hitting the brake.
• Honk and flash your headlights to warn the other driver.
• Go to the right of the other vehicle. Never go to the other vehicle’s left as that can easily result in car accidents if the driver suddenly swerves back into the correct lane.
• Drive over to the shoulder.
• Drive off the road if it’s possible.
What steps can you take to avoid a head-on collision?
As a general rule, you should always be fully alert while driving. Always note any signs or markings on or along the road to make sure you’re traveling in the right direction. You should also do the following:
• Be mindful of your speed: Don’t speed or race and keep your speed within the posted speed limit. Traveling too fast can raise the risk and impact of a car accident. It’s also easier to stop when you travel at a safer speed.
• Pass other vehicles carefully: Always ensure there’s plenty of room to safely pass another vehicle from the left. Avoid passing from the right. Make sure it’s safe to pass and that the road signs or markings allow it.
• Never drink and drive: Avoid driving if you have been drinking alcohol.