Tragic Crash on SR-52 in Pasco County, Florida Kills One
SAN ANTONIO, FL- Fox13news.com writes that a traffic crash earlier this week killed a nineteen-year-old driver. The victim, identified as a man from Colorado, was driving a Dodge Challenger westbound on State Road 52 in the very early morning. When the victim attempted to use the right turn lane to enter the highway’s northbound lanes, he lost control of the vehicle and drove onto the shoulder. The Dodge struck a concrete support used to support the signs for the entrance ramp.*
Officers say that the young man died at the scene of the wreck. Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the tragic crash. The victim was using his seatbelt at the time.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety writes that fixed-object crashes cause around twenty percent of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2018, 95 percent of these accidents involved just one vehicle. Nearly 50 percent of such collisions take place at night, and many involve alcohol. Other causes for these crashes include drivers falling asleep, distractions, speeding, and poor visibility.
The most commonly struck object is a tree, but utility poles and traffic barriers are also frequently involved in fixed object crashes.
In 2018, 7,433 people lost their lives in these types of wrecks. The percent of traffic-related fatalities that are caused by fixed object collisions has remained between nineteen and 23 for about three decades. However, as compared to 1979, there are 30 percent fewer of these crashes, and between 2017 and 2018, the numbers dropped by six percent. More than 80 percent of the drivers who died in fixed-object collisions in 2018 were men.
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Sources:https://www.fox13news.com/news/one-person-dead-following-crash-on-sr-52-in-pasco-county and https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/collisions-with-fixed-objects-and-animals
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