Fatal Car Accident on U.S. 301 in in Pasco County, Florida
PASCO COUNTY, FL- Tbreporter.com writes that a man died in a crash earlier this week in Pasco County. The driver, a 40-year-old man, was operating a 2007 Chevrolet HHR southbound on U.S. 301 when he lost control of the vehicle for reasons that are still unknown. The HHR drifted over a grassy median and into the northbound lanes where it collided head-on with a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. The front end of the Silverado impacted the right of the HHR. The HHR then caught fire.*
The driver of the Silverado was transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Police do not know whether alcohol played a role in the accident.
Head-on crashes are some of the deadliest types of automobile accidents to occur on the road. These collisions are often caused by driver inattention, but alcohol often plays a role in these fatal incidents as well.
When a driver is faced with a vehicle that crossed into oncoming traffic, the driver traveling in the correct direction will not often have time to move out of the way and avoid the oncoming car. The results can often be deadly.
One way to avoid this type of accident is to avoid roads where there is no center median and a speed limit above 40 miles per hour. Once vehicles are traveling about 43 miles per hour or faster, the chances of surviving this type of crash decline rapidly. Many streets have speed limits above 40 miles per hour, and nothing but painted lines to separate the opposite lanes of traffic. Avoiding these roads in favor of highways with medians can reduce the risk of being in a head-on collision.
Better road design and lower speed limits could significantly lower the number of deadly head-on collisions that occur every year.
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