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Single-Vehicle Accidents Cause More Fatalities than Other Types of Wrecks

May 12, 2017

SAVANNAH, Ga. (SCMPD) – According to, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police officers were called to the scanned of a serious auto accident on eastbound I-516. The accident occurred at the Ogeechee Road Exit at 8:27 p.m. on April 24. The report states that a car left the highway and collided into a tree.

The Traffic Investigation Unit (TIU) investigation the accident scene and reported that the 30-year-old driver died due to the serious nature of his injuries on April 25.

The driver, who's name is being withheld, was travelling east on I-516 when he lost control of his automobile and crashed into a tree in the wood line. TIU responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

Single-Vehicle Accidents Cause More Fatalities than Other Types of Wrecks

Single car accidents result in more fatalities than other types of crashes. Approximately sixty-five percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve only one vehicle, whether it be a car, SUV, motorcycle, tractor-trailer, recreational vehicle, or some other type of vehicle. Unfortunately, in addition to being the deadliest type of accident, fatal single-vehicle wrecks are the hardest type of accident for crash investigators to understand. When there is a fatal single car accident, investigators tend to experience difficulty in piecing together the events that led to the crash. Physical evidence at the crash scene and eyewitness testimony, if anyone saw the accident, are often the only sources of information available to authorities unless one or more people who were in the vehicle survived.

Fortunately, drivers can make decisions that can prevent many single car accidents. For example, alcohol use is a leading cause of single car crashes. Avoiding drinking before driving and while on the road significantly reduces a driver's risk of having a single-vehicle accident. Research has shown that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Sleep deprivation and alcohol use affect the body in similar ways, slowing reaction time and negatively impacting a driver's ability to make safe decisions. Getting adequate rest generally decreases accident risk, including the risk of a single-vehicle wreck.

Two other leading causes of single vehicle accidents are speeding and distracted driving. Both of these activities are within a driver's control. Distracted driving and speeding both take the driver's focus away from the road, robbing them of valuable time that they might need to use to maneuver suddenly and successfully avoid an accident.

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