One Dead in Cummings Highway Crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee
CHATTANOOGA, TN- Newschannel9.com writes that one person died in a crash on Cummings Highway on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Police report that the collision occurred at about 10:30 in the evening.*
The victim was identified as James Wigley, who was spotted traveling at a rate of speed when his vehicle exited the road. The vehicle crashed into an embankment and then rolled over before drifting across the road and breaking a guardrail. The vehicle came to a rest off the side of the road.
Wigley died at the scene of the crash.
Single-vehicle crashes cause a large percentage of the total roadway fatalities. Run-off-the-road crashes almost always involve speeding vehicles. In fact, vehicles involved in these kinds of accidents are traveling above the speed limit in 90 percent of instances. Of course, even traveling at or below the speed limit can be traveling too fast for the circumstances if roads are slick or there is low visibility.
Another common factor in many of these crashes is alcohol. Drunk driving rates have declined, but alcohol-impaired drivers still cause a large number of fatal crashes. More single-vehicle crashes involve alcohol than multiple vehicle collisions do.
In many cases, a vehicle will travel off a roadway simply because the driver is distracted. Cell phone use while driving takes a person’s attention off the road and can lead to deadly accidents in an instant.
While bad weather and twisting roads can increase the chances of one of these types of crashes taking place, in most cases cautious, sober and responsible driving will prevent single-vehiclecrashes. In any case, it is important for drivers always to use their seatbelts in case of a collision. In rollover crashes, which often occur when a vehicle exits the roadway, the risk of vehicle ejection is high.
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