Head-On Crash Tragically Kills 1, Injures 5 in Mobile, Alabama
MOBILE, AL- Al.com writes that a fatal crash took place in Semmes last week. The victim, a 24-year-old man, was traveling as a passenger in a Chevrolet Equinox when a Jeep Cherokee driven by a 27-year-old man struck the Chevy head-on.*
The incident occurred on Schilling Road near U.S. 98 at about 8:30 at night. The other vehicle occupants involved were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Head-on collisions are dangerous because they involve immense force. Unfortunately, these severe accidents can take place fairly easily on many roadways in the United States. Undivided roadways create a risk because a car can without warning veer across a center line and into an oncoming vehicle.
While it might seem difficult for a driver to make such a major mistake, the reality is that all it takes is a short, momentary distraction. Distracted driving is extremely common. While the most well-known type of distracted driving is the kind caused by smartphone use, the reality is that something as simple as changing a radio station, talking to people in the back seat of a vehicle, or trying to eat while driving can lead to these very serious crashes. Once a driver pulls into oncoming traffic, it is extremely difficult for the driver of the vehicle heading the correct way to avoid the crash.
Because of the forces involved, a crash at just 43 miles per hour has a good chance of causing fatalities. Many roadways are designed without barriers or medians and with speed limits that are higher than 43 miles per hour. These roads create the highest risk for deadly head-on collisions. A careful driver may want to avoid these roads entirely and stick to roads that have some form of median.
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