Man Killed In Head-On Crash By Wrong-Way Driver
There are many drivers on Florida’s roadways. In order for everyone on the road to stay safe, motorists need to follow the rules of the road. When they drive in the wrong direction, for example, they can cause fatal accidents.
Sadly, this was recently the case in Volusia County. A wrong-way driver slammed into another vehicle on Interstate 4 in Deltona, killing a driver traveling in the correct direction.
The fatal accident occurred not long after midnight on June 3. A 22-year-old woman was driving a Nissan Sentra and traveling in the wrong direction on the interstate, near Dirksen Drive, for unknown reasons. She slammed into another vehicle, causing the other vehicle to hit a guardrail. The driver, a 26-year-old man from Brazil, died at the accident scene. The passenger, a 24-year old woman also from Brazil, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both she and the deceased victims were wearing seatbelts. The wrong-way driver was also hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The interstate was closed for several hours. The crash is under investigation.
A head-on accident occurs when the fronts of two vehicles collide. Head-on crashes are much more likely to result in fatality for occupants of the vehicle involved.
Statistically speaking, a head-on crash is more likely in a rural area, with 13% of all rural fatal crashes being head-on accidents. In urban areas, fewer than 7% of fatal traffic accidents are head-on crashes. However, as seen in this case, more and more head-on crashes are occurring on freeways. It seems as though drivers are becoming increasingly intoxicated and entering freeways in the wrong direction. This is a serious issue that has resulted in a lot of fatalities and injuries.
Besides intoxication, head-on crashes can be caused in many more ways. When they happen on freeways, confusion may play a role. Many elderly drivers suffer from vision and mental issues, especially at night, when the darkness can exacerbate these issues.
On two-lane undivided roads, which are frequently found in rural areas, common causes of head-on accidents include unsafe passing and drowsy driving. A tired driver can easily fall asleep behind the wheel and hit a vehicle in the adjacent lane. Unsafe passing is another common issue that leaves the passing vehicle in the other lane for a period of time, making a head-on accident more likely to occur.
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Head-on crashes are often deadly, as seen in this case. These collisions often occur at high speeds, causing severe damage and death. Those who survive must often live with catastrophic injuries.
The Florida head-on collision attorneys at Meldon Law can help you deal with the aftermath of such a violent crash. We’ll help you deal with the devastating effects. To learn more, schedule a free consultation today. Call (800) 373-8000 or fill out the online form. We have three offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, and Fort Lauderdale.