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What causes head-on collisions? 

While every type of road traffic collision can result in severe injuries, head-on collisions are the most dangerous type of accident. The reason why they are so dangerous is because they involve two vehicles colliding at speed while traveling in opposite directions. Essentially, the force of the collision is doubled this way. 

There are several causes of head-on collisions, but here are some of the most common. 

Improper overtaking 

It is necessary to overtake sometimes, but overtaking maneuvers should always be performed carefully. The overtaking vehicle should only overtake in areas where it is safe and legal to do so, and the driver should keep an eye out for oncoming vehicles. If a driver doesn’t make sure the coast is clear before overtaking, then a head-on collision becomes a real possibility. 


Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal for a reason- it’s very dangerous. Despite laws preventing this and campaigns to highlight the dangers, it still occurs. When a person is impaired, their judgment is not what it should be. They cannot accurately judge the speed of other vehicles, distances or even where the center line is. Many head-on collisions occur because an impaired driver has swerved into the wrong lane. 


Fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as impaired driving. When a driver is fatigued, they may feel drowsy. This impacts reaction times, perception and overall judgment on the roads. There is also a high risk of a fatigued driver falling asleep completely. Many drivers have strayed into the wrong lane when falling asleep and collided with an oncoming vehicle. 

If you have been injured in a road traffic collision that stemmed from negligence, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Seeking legal guidance will help you to learn more about this.