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If a vehicle is coming at you, can you avoid a head-on crash?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2020 | Car Accidents

When traveling the West Virginia roads, you want to remain as cautious as possible. You know that a hazard could appear at any time and that the potential for a car accident always exists. As a result, you do your best to remain on the lookout in hopes of avoiding any dangers that may come your way.

Of course, you cannot control the actions of other drivers, and even if you see a hazard ahead, you may not be able to get out of the way or take other evasive actions to avoid ending up in a crash. In particular, if you see a wrong-way driver coming toward your vehicle, avoiding a head-on collision may not be easy.

Is it possible?

The possibility does exist that you could avoid a head-on crash, especially if you see the vehicle coming. Still, avoiding the wrong-way vehicle does not necessarily mean that you will escape unscathed. In fact, your evasive maneuvers could result in you going off the road and striking other objects. When it comes to trying to avoid a head-on collision, the following tips may help:

  • If you see a vehicle coming the wrong way, try to slow down as much as possible before reaching that vehicle.
  • Though it may be frightening, maneuvering your vehicle off the road may be safer than hitting another vehicle head on.
  • If you have to swerve out of the way of another vehicle, try to avoid going to the opposite lane of travel. You may collide with another vehicle, or the wrong-way driver may attempt to correct and still end up in your path.
  • Stay in the center or slightly toward the right side of your lane. This may help avoid a head-on crash, even if a sideswipe still occurs.
  • Remember that slowing down or stopping to avoid a head-on crash could result in a rear-end collision.

As you can see, trying to avoid a head-on crash does not have many positive outcomes. Even if you do avoid a wrong-way driver, you could still end up in a crash that leaves you seriously injured. If so, you may want to discuss your options for seeking compensation with an experienced attorney. This legal professional can help assess your situation and determine which courses of action may best help you achieve favorable outcomes.