The Head On Crash is one of the most horrific crashes you could be involved in.
Without a doubt is the hardest crash to survive and has the most severe impact. Mainly because the speeds of the vehicles involved virtually double. If each vehicle is going 45 miles an hour in opposite directions, it is equivalent to hitting an immovable object at 90 miles an hour. This usually happens on two lane roads when someone tries to pass into oncoming traffic. In the past few of years, there has been a lot more wrong way drivers. This happens on a one way street, two lane roads, 3 lane roads, 4 lane roads or even more. Where ever a careless or impaired driver can get on a road or entrance to a highway and drive in the “wrong “opposite direction. Traveling into oncoming traffic can cause the worst wreck of all. Sometimes ignoring or not seeing large signs, pavement marking, flashing lights and even barricades. More common at night or in foggy conditions, these collisions must be avoided at all costs. Even in broad daylight the best thing to do is somehow get out of the way by pulling over to the right if possible and get your speed to a minimum or better stop. At the last second, even if it means going into a ditch or going left against a guard rail, do what you must avoid this kind of a crash. 80-85 % of all head on crashes are fatalities. The further you look ahead when you drive, the more time you will have to react to this or other dangerous situations. Do not just look just at the vehicle or two in front of you. Be observant of your surroundings and look well up the road every now and then. It is true some roads and highways do not have the best signage and entrances are not well marked. Most of the time alcohol, drugs or some kind of impairment play into this problem. Dial 911 if you see an offender.
In the 40’s, the old days of the Thrill Show a head on collision stunt was performed at 30-35 miles an hour and the stuntmen survived. The reason is the cars were wooden bodies and had a lot of give. The stunt was done driving from the back seat with mattresses placed against the back of the front seat. The throttles were controlled buy a wire and the return springs were reversed. At the last minute the drivers would duck down and hold on. It was still very tough on the drivers but my Dad had two stunt guys that loved to do them. Their names were Doggy and Abe. Not survivable anymore, so please avoid them at any cost. Be observant and concentrate out there!!!!!!