Fox 5 reports on a recent head-on collision that injured two drivers and killed one passenger. The crash occurred on Avocado Boulevard at around 4:15 a.m.
According to authorities, a 21-year-old woman was driving a silver Mazda when her vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic and hit a Ford Ranger. A passenger in the Mazda died at the scene. Both drivers sustained moderate injuries.
Although the cause of the accident is still under investigation, it is likely that driver error was a contributing factor. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 94 percent of all collisions involve driver error.
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How Common Are Head-on Collisions?
Head-on accidents are rare compared to rear-end collisions and other types of wrecks, but they cause a disproportionately high number of fatalities. According to the NHTSA, head-on collisions cause 13 percent of all fatal accidents in rural areas, and they cause about 7 percent of all fatal wrecks on urban roads. Those who are fortunate enough to survive often sustain head injuries, broken bones, and brain trauma.
In addition to physical wounds, a serious collision can cause post-traumatic stress disorder; in fact, according to the American Family Physician, approximately 9 percent of people involved in accidents develop symptoms of PTSD.
Top 6 Causes of Head-on Collisions
Although you cannot control the actions of other drivers, you can reduce your risk of being involved in a head-on crash by learning the common causes of these accidents and how to avoid them. Here are six contributing factors that are often behind head-on collisions:
- Drowsy driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs;
- Not adjusting your behavior to low visibility or poor weather;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and
- Using improper technique when overtaking a vehicle.
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