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Crash Involving Semi-Truck Kills Dade City Man


November 21, 2019

FLORIDA- Tampabay.com writes that a wreck killed a man from Dade City late last week. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the man was operating a 2008 Honda CR-V and collided with a semi-truck on U.S. 301.*

The driver, an 80-year-old man, exited a gas station in the early afternoon and then stopped at a red light on US-98 at the intersection with Highway U.S. 301. He then entered the intersection where a southbound tractor-trailer slammed into the left front side of the Honda. 

The truck driver, a 51-year-old man also from Dade City, did not suffer any injuries. Two passengers in the Honda, a 65-year-old woman, and a one-year-old boy both sustained injuries in the accident. Responders transported the victims to local hospitals.

Intersection crashes cause about one out of every five traffic accident fatalities in the United States. Around 40 percent of all crashes occur at intersections. Many of these accidents take place when one vehicle is attempting to make a left turn. Intersections are complicated because traffic is traveling in multiple directions, and there are sometimes pedestrians and cyclists around as well adding to additional factors for drivers to consider.

People often neglect to focus on the road when passing through these complicated areas. This is especially true when drivers are traveling the same path day after day. These individuals sometimes put their brains on autopilot as they head to and from work or other routine destinations. 

Intersection safety relies on drivers following the traffic signals. If a driver ignores a traffic light or a stop sign, the consequences can be deadly. It is essential for drivers to stay alert. Drivers who have the right-of-way should still look to make sure their path is clear because there is always a chance another driver will fail to pay attention to the signal. While the driver with the right of way might not be at fault, that will be a small consolation after being T-boned at high speeds.

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Source:https://www.tampabay.com/news/pasco/2019/11/16/dade-city-man-killed-in-collision-on-us-301/ and https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/811366


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