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Volume 04: A Guide for Addressing Head-On Collisions
Head-On Crashes Kill 5,200 Every Year
About one in five non-intersection fatal crashes involves two vehicles crashing head-on. Of these, 75 percent occur on rural roads and 75 percent on undivided two-lane roads. For all roads, one-third of head-on crashes involve vehicles “negotiating a curve” and two-thirds are related to vehicles “going straight.”
Most head-on crashes are likely to result from a motorist making an “unintentional” maneuver—the driver falls asleep, is distracted, or travels too fast in a curve. Contributing factors may include speed and alcohol use.
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Most head-on crashes result from a motorist making an “unintentional” maneuver – the driver falls asleep, is distracted, or travels too fast in a curve. Strategies for dealing with head-on collisions addressed in this guide involve either treatments implemented over extended sections of highway or treatments at selected spot locations.
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Head-On Collisions One-Pager
Self Assessment Tool
Integrated Safety Management Process