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Lowering risk of head-on collisions

Head-on collisions are some of the deadliest kinds of motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana. The kinds of injuries that can result from such accidents vary as much as other accidents, but they can be far deadlier.

U.S. News and World Report described just such a tragedy that occurred very recently in the New Orleans area.

Pregnant woman, man and unborn child die in head-on collision

In that case, early investigation suggests that one motor vehicle traveling on Highway 11 crossed into oncoming traffic. It then crashed into another automobile that was traveling in the opposite direction.

The head-on collision caused the death of two adults and an unborn child. One victim was a pregnant woman, and another was a man. The pregnant woman was seven months along in her pregnancy at the time of her death. She was 29 years old, while the male driver who also passed away was 34 years old. The unborn baby also died as a result of the accident.

The driver who drove the wrong way down the highway survived, as did the passenger in that pickup truck. Authorities were awaiting toxicology reports at the time of the reporting.

Tips to help avoid head-on crash

When a driver operates his or her vehicle at a fast rate of speed down a highway, it seems that other drivers may be helpless to protect themselves from the collision. This may be true at times, but sometimes there are ways to mitigate that risk.

According to Inside Edition, there are a few things one can do to avoid such a pending collision. First, when driving, stay to the right-hand side of the highway. This is because drivers proceeding in the wrong direction down the roadway tend to drive in the left-hand lane of the opposing drivers.

Additionally, be particularly aware of surroundings when driving in the late hours, such as those between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Those are the favored hours of the drunk driver, and many cases of wrong-way driving also involve driving under the influence.

Lastly, if worse comes to worse and there is a car heading toward a driver in his or her lane, if possible, that driver should pull off to the right, such as onto the shoulder of the roadway.