Run-off-the-road accidents are particularly dangerous. In this article, Gainesville accident attorney, Jeffrey Meldon, explains the danger of these types of crashes and their common causes.
What is it?
A run-off -the-road crash, also called a road or lane departure accident, occurs when a vehicle drifts, is maneuvered, or leaves the roadway before crashing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines it as any single vehicle crash in which the first harmful event occurs off the road. Lane departure crashes are one of the most serious of the major crash types, since they may result in the vehicle rolling over.
Why is it so dangerous?
A run-off-the-road crash is particularly dangerous, since a high percentage result in a vehicle rolling over. Departure from the roadway may “trip” the car, causing it to roll over. In 2001, lane departure crashes accounted for 20% of all crashes and 41% of all fatalities. Rollover crashes have a high fatality rate, compared with all other crashes.
The number one reason for road departure crashes is excessive speed, according to the NHTSA. This happens when the vehicle travels too fast to keep under control, especially when approaching a curve. Overall, there isn’t one main reason for run-off-the road accidents.
The NHTSA cites the following as common causes:
- 1. Excessive speed (32%);
- 2. Driver incapacitation, such as drowsiness or intoxication, (20.1%);
- 3. Loss of directional control, such as wet or icy pavement, (16%);
- 4. Evasive maneuvering, like swerving to avoid debris, (15.7% );
- 5. Driver inattention, such as texting or any activity other than driving, (12.7%); and
- 6. Vehicle failure, such as a tire blow out or steering failure, (3.6%).
The NHTSA states that road departure crashes often happen when driving:
- On a straight roadway (76%);
- In good weather (73%);
- On a dry road (62%);
- On a rural or a suburban road (75%); and
- Evenly split during night and daytime conditions.
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