Washington State law enforcement is investigating a head-on crash that sent two drivers to Sacred Heart Medical Center with injuries. The accident appears to have been the result of driving under the influence. The motorist was driving northbound on State Route 2 around milepost 398 when his minivan crossed the centerline and struck a Ford Ranger. This collision led the Ranger to come to a stop in a ditch beside the road. A helicopter was used to carry the driver to the hospital. Law enforcement suspects that the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was intoxicated at the time of the collision. Charges of driving under the influence as well as vehicular assault were recommended to be filed against the driver.
Head-on collisions mean that two vehicles collide with each other, head to head. While head-on collisions are not common, they almost always result in serious injuries or fatalities. In rural areas, data shows that these crashes make up to 13% of all deadly crashes. Head-on collisions often occur when the driver of a vehicle crosses over the centerline. Fortunately, there are some things that drivers can do to reduce their chances of ending up in head-on collisions.
Avoid Entering Streets Displaying Wrong Way Signs
One of the most common reasons why drivers end up in head-on collisions is driving on the wrong side of the road or entering sections of the road that are marked with Wrong Way signs.
These crashes typically happen due to driver intoxication, distraction, or disorientation.
You should make sure to avoid any type of behavior that can take your attention off the road. You should also avoid listening to anything that can divert your attention while driving. Any distraction, such as the radio, your phone, or other people in the car, can cause a deadly crash. Remember, if you remain fully aware of your surroundings, you will be able to react to any changes in traffic patterns around you.
Make Sure Your Presence is Known
While driving, you should do everything possible to make sure that other cars know you are there. Turn on your headlights when it gets dark outside. Use the necessary signals when turning or changing lanes. This also means honking on the horn and turning on your lights during daylight hours when necessary.
Know How to Respond
If you are paying attention, you might spot another motorist driving toward you on the wrong side of the road. In these situations, it is a good idea to pull over or do whatever you can to safely take your vehicle off of the road and out of harm's way.
Stay Away From the Centerline
Under no circumstances should you straddle or stay close to the centerline of traffic. This type of driving pattern can greatly increase your chances of ending up in crashes with motorists who are headed toward you. When you drive by the centerline, any small error can cause you to head into the oncoming lane.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on car crash in Spokane, speak with an experienced attorney. Contact West Law Office today to schedule your free case evaluation.