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Tips to get out of a wrong-way driver's path

One of the deadliest types of accidents you could get into is a head-on collision. The force of the impact in these crashes easily results in serious if not fatal injuries to those involved. Anyone who walks away from this type of accident with little to no injuries might want to buy a lottery ticket.

With that said, few things scare drivers more here in Mississippi and elsewhere than seeing a vehicle heading right toward them in their path. It may actually take your brain a second or two to register what is happening, and it would be a good idea to already know what you can do to get out of that vehicle's way so that you don't lose precious time processing and panicking what you see before you.

Getting out of the way

Most of the time, drivers' behaviors are predictable. Even so, you need to prepare for the unpredictable. For instance, you don't expect to see another vehicle coming straight at you in your lane of travel. In most cases, you won't really have time to try things such as honking your horn or flashing your lights in order to get the other vehicle to get back into its lane. Instead, you should take those few precious seconds to escape the impending collision if you can by doing the following: 

  • Steer your vehicle to the right with as much control as possible. Stay on pavement if you can, but ending up in a ditch, the grass or a median is nearly always safer than the impact of a head-on collision.
  • Slow down as much as you can in order to reduce the force of the impact in case you cannot get out of the way or at least cannot get all the way out of the other vehicle's path.
  • If you have to come to a complete stop in order to avoid a wrong-way crash, do so. However, you need to be aware that you could end up in a rear-end collision as a result, but again, the impact will more than likely be less.
  • Sometimes, another vehicle only veers part way into your lane, so keep to the right or center of your lane as much as possible. This simple action could help avoid a crash.
  • If you must choose between hitting a stationary object or sideswiping another vehicle, it is often going to end up much better for you than if the other vehicle struck yours head-on.
  • Never steer to the left to avoid a head-on collision. The wrong-way driver could attempt to get back into his or her lane at the last second, and you don't want to end up as the one in the wrong lane.
  • Prepare to hit something. If you manage not to hit anything, count yourself lucky.
  • Make sure you wear your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle no matter how short of a drive it is. Your chances of an accident are highest within 10 miles of your home.

Even if you avoid a head-on collision, you could still end up in some sort of accident in which you could suffer serious injuries, but your chances of survival are greater. You could then pursue compensation to make up for the financial losses and other damages resulting from the other driver's negligence or recklessness.

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