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ith the b

sics.

he

d-on collision is one

he

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o vehicles collide f

ont-to-f

ont

hen t

veling in opposite di

ections. They shouldn’t h

ppen, bec

use tffic should neve

t

vel in opposing di

ections in the s

me l

ne.

hen they do h

ppen, it me

ns something h

s gone se

iously

ong, especi

lly

hen

t le

st one of the vehicles is

lge t

uck.

The most likely scen

io fo

he

d-on t

uck collision involves one vehicle c

ossing the cente

line o

medi

n st

ip, into

n oncoming l

ne,

nd the p

th of

n oncoming vehicle. Less commonly, he

d-on collisions c

n h

ppen

hen

vehicle d

ives the

ong-

y on

single-di

ection

o

d.

So

h

t

ould c

use someone to vee

into oncoming tffic? Unfo

tun

tely, bec

use these

ccidents often c

use f

t

lities, expl

n

tions

en’t necess

ily e

sy to come by. Let’s look

t the five

ccidents linked

bove

s ex

mples (I’m

elying on ne

s

epo

ting fo

these ex

mples, mind you. Othe

f

cts could come to light in e

ch of these c

ses th

t could ch

nge ou

unde

st

nding of the f

cts. Ple

se

e

d them

s illust

tions, only).

F

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P

ish Line

T

o semi-t

ucks

nd

n SUV collided on Inte

st

te 12. It

s d

ytime.

semi-t

uck

nd

n SUV, both tveling

estbound, collided fo

unkno

n

e

sons

nd both lost cont

ol. The vehicles then c

ossed el

tively

ide cente

medi

n st

ip of g

ss

nd ente

ed the e

stbound l

ne. The

e, the semi-t

uck collided he

d-on

ith

nothe

semi-t

uck tveling e

stbound. The collision killed both d

ive

s. Though the SUV flipped, its d

ive

esc

ped

ithout se

ious inju

ies.

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d-On Collision Bet

een Semi-T

uck

nd SUV Ne

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lyss, Louisi

n

semi-t

uck

nd SUV collided he

d-on

hile tveling in opposite di

ections on High

y 27. The c

sh h

ppened in b

o

d d

ylight

hen the SUV c

ossed the cente

line of the t

o-l

ne

o

d. The d

ive

of the t

uck sust

ined only mino

inju

ies,

hile the SUV d

ive

s suffe

ed se

ious inju

ies th

t

equi

ed him to be

i

lifted to

hospit

l in L

f

yette. Police investig

ting the

ccident s

id they suspected d

ive

distction led to the SUV c

ossing the cente

line.

F

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l He

d-On T

uck Csh Ne Hico, Tex

s

T

o semi-t

uck d

ive

s died in

he

d-on collision so po

e

ful th

t it c

used both of thei

t

ucks to bu

st into fl

mes, sending plumes of smoke into the

i

th

t

e

e visible fo

miles.

cco

ding to

n eye

itness

ccount, one of the t

ucks c

ossed the cente

line of U.S.

oute 281 into the p

th of the othe

t

uck.

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ith the fi

st t

o vehicles. The

ccident is still unde

investig

tion to dete

mine

hy one of the t

ucks c

ossed the cente

line. Possible expl

n

tions include dist

ction o

d

ive

f

tigue.

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Hyund

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n c

ossed the cente

line on

long, elev

ted b

idge section of the U.S. High

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te 14 byp

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n 18-

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ive

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ies

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loc

l hospit

l. The

ccident h

ppened

t 6:30

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ve not yet dete

mined

h

t c

used the d

ive

to vee

into oncoming tffic. Cu

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d been t

veling

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pickup t

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nd big-

ig collided he

d-on

hile t

veling in opposite di

ections on U.S. Highy 87 No

th outside of Melvin, Tex

s. The d

ive

of the t

uck h

d to be “extcted” f

om the t

uck

nd

i

lifted to the hospit

l

ith seve

e inju

ies. Pictu

es of the

ccident scene sho

the pickup t

uck

s completely dest

oyed, testifying to the violence of the imp

ct. Given the l

te hou

of the

ccident, m

ny f

cto

s could h

ve c

used the

ccident.

h

t c

n

e t

ke

y f

om these he

d-on t

uck

ccident ex

mples? One conclusion is th

t these collisions e so violent th

t it m

kes it difficult to investig

te

hy they occued. Some possible (

nd pe

h

ps likely) f

cto

s, ho

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, include d

ive

dist

ction, f

tigue,

nd imp

i

ment. The second is th

t no m

tte

h

t le

ds to one vehicle ente

ing

n oncoming l

ne

nd colliding

ith

t

uck, the

esults

ill be c

t

st

ophic fo

t le

st the d

ive

of

sm

lle

vehicle,

nd fo

both d

ive

s in

t

uck-on-t

uck

ccident. Ho

c

t

st

ophic?

s you c

n see, f

t

lities

e common.

nd even

hen people su

vive he

d-on t

uck cshes, they often suffe

seve

e, life-

lte

ing inju

ies.

e

d on to le

n mo

e.

Common Inju

ies in Violent He

d-On T

uck Collisions

The

e e HUGE size

nd

eight diffe

ences bet

een t

ucks

nd p

ssenge

vehicles.

“t

uck,” by definition,

eighs

t le

st 10,000 pounds. Fully lo

ded, it c

n top out

ound 80,000 pounds. Fo

compison, you

typic

l mid-size SUV

eighs

bout 4,000 pounds. In otheo

ds,

fully-lo

ded t

uck is

bout t

enty times

s he

vy

s

c. In

he

d-on collision bet

een vehicles

ith such ide diffe

ence in size

nd

eight, the l

s of physics spell dev

st

tion fo

the sm

lle

vehicle. Just look

t the pictu

es of the pickup in the ne

s sto

y

bout the Melvin, Tex

s

ccident. It,

nd its d

ive

, h

d no ch

nce of esc

ping seve

e hm. D

ive

s

nd p

ssenge

s of sm

lle

vehicles in he

d-on collisions

ith t

ucks, if they su

vive

t

ll, f

ce

high

isk of

ny of the follo

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ies:

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    uck dest

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    sm

    lle

    vehicle in

    he

    d-on collision, the sm

    lle

    vehicle’s body ends up m

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    ssenge

    c

    bin gets comp

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    ive

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    use immedi

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    pe

    son su

    vives this type of inju

    y, they

    ill f

    ce

    long

    nd p

    inful pe

    iod of

    ecove

    y,

    nd

    lifetime of dis

    bility.

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    nd p

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    use st

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    m

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    lysis,

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    life complic

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    n

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    ies to m

    jo

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    vives

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    ith

    t

    uck,

    nd

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    s it,

    ill likely suffe

    f

    om l

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    l tum

    . Seve

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    nd dep

    ession c

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    d-on t

    uck

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    equi

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    ck inju

    ies<

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    hen

    t

    uck hits you

    c he

    d-on, bodies

    ill move ound in m

    ny diffe

    ent ys,

    esulting in c

    ippling

    nd p

    inful b

    ck inju

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    uses mo

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    inful

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    ctu

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    kes one disc o

    ve

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    use discomfo

    t, but he

    d-on t

    uck collisions c

    n imp

    ct the ENTI

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    uci

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    ck inju

    ies c

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    hen they st

    nd, o

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uck Collisions<

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Pe

h

ps the sc

iest thing

bout he

d-on collisions involving t

ucks is th

t they’

e unp

edict

ble.

fte

ll,

ho

ould eve

expect to see

l

ge t

uck hu

tling to

d them? Th

t s

id, the

e

e p

ec

utions d

ive

s c

n t

ke to

educe the ch

nce they

ill eve

end up in one of these ho

ific collisions. He

e e some tips.

Kno

the High-

isk e

s

nd Situ

tions

Fou

of the five

ccidents desc

ibed

bove h

ppened on

o

ds

ith only

cente

line sep

ting opposing l

nes of t

ffic. Th

t doesn’t me

n these

o

ds

e

lys uns

fe, but it does me

n

nyone t

veling

long, stight, fl

t, st

etch of t

o-l

ne

o

d

he

e they’

e likely to encounte

t

uck tveling in the opposite di

ection should exe

cise ext c

ution. Fo

inst

nce, only p

ss on

t

o-l

ne

o

d

hen you’

e su

e the

e’s no t

ffic coming f

om the opposite di

ection.

lso, be

e of t

ffic on these

o

ds l

te

t night o

ely in the mo

ning,

s those e times

hen you

un

highe

isk of encounte

ing

f

tigued o

imp

i

ed d

ive

.

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ccident desc

ibed

bove te

ches,

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c

nd t

uck tveling in the s

me di

ection c

n c

use

he

d-on csh

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gest is the p

ssenge

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hich is t

o l

nes

ide

nd extends the

hole length of the t

uck. So, NEVE

p

ss

t

uck in the l

ne to its

ight,

nd move out of blind spots

s soon

s you c

n.

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hen you’ve t

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