Failure of drivers to exercise due care when driving can result in a devastating motor vehicle accident. This may have been the case in a recent fatal head-on collision in Leavenworth County that killed two people.
According to Fox 4 News, a 46-year-old Oskaloosa man and a 39-year-old Tonganoxie man were killed after their vehicles collided head-on at about 7 p.m. on Aug. 18 in Leavenworth County. Authorities said a 1997 Ford F-350 was heading west on K-16 when the vehicle veered into the oncoming lane, sideswiped the trailer of an oncoming 2008 Ford F-350, and collided head-on with a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban traveling behind the sideswiped truck. Both drivers of the vehicles involved in the head-on crash were pronounced dead at the scene.
A head-on collision can be one of the most deadly types of motor vehicle accidents. When two vehicles collide head-on, the force of the impact is similar to crashing into a solid, stationary object such as a brick wall. Due to the seriousness of this type of wreck, injury to the vehicle’s occupants is common.
Common reasons why a vehicle would cause a centerline and collide with an oncoming vehicle are impairment, fatigue, drowsiness, falling asleep at the wheel, distracted driving, certain medical conditions, improper passing, drunk driving and mechanical breakdown. Like all preventable traffic accidents, head-on collisions are typically caused by the negligence of at least one party.
Fortunately, head-on car accident collisions are one of the less common types of traffic accident but when they happen, the results can be deadly. This type of collision belongs to a crash category called lane-departure crashes. A driver who crosses the centerline unintentionally or deliberately and causes a serious accident can often be held legally liable for the victim’s injuries and losses.