Woman Killed in Crash on Interstate 65 in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, AL- Patch.com writes that a woman died in a car crash in Birmingham when the vehicle she was traveling in drifted off the roadway. The incident occurred late last week, and the victim died at the scene of the crash.*
The county identified the woman as a 49-year-old from Birmingham. Reports indicate that the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway and went down an embankment where it collided with a tree. The driver and a person in the back seat also suffered injuries in the incident, and responders transported both to the hospital for treatment.
Reports did not indicate why the driver left the roadway.
Single-vehicle run-off-the-road crashes account for a high percentage of all fatal collisions in the country. Most of these accidents are caused when a driver fails to pay attention to the road, travels at too high of a speed, is drowsy, or under the influence of alcohol. Crashes that involve a vehicle striking a fixed object often involve trees, although utility poles and traffic barriers are also commonly involved in these wrecks.
Deadly run-off-the road collisions are more likely to occur in rural parts of the country than in urban areas. The speed limits are higher on many rural roadways leading to a greater risk of crashes and more severe impacts. Additionally, there is often less space between the road and objects along the roadside in less populated areas. Rural roads, therefore, are less forgiving when a driver makes an error. The more dangerous roads, coupled with the fact that help may be farther away, means that these roads are deadlier than those in urban locations.
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Sources:https://patch.com/alabama/birmingham-al/crash-i-65-results-death-49-year-old-woman and https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2020/01/woman-killed-in-crash-after-vehicle-veers-off-i-65.html and https://www.npr.org/2009/11/29/120716625/the-deadliest-roads-are-rural and https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/collisions-with-fixed-objects-and-animals