Tragic Crash Kills Driver in Alachua County, Florida
ALACHUA, FL- Wcjb.com writes that a deadly accident took place on Interstate 75 in Alachua County this week. The crash occurred in the early evening when a driver in a pickup truck drifted off the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle caught fire, killing one of its occupants. Another person in the vehicle was able to escape. Police have not released the name of the person who died in the crash.*
The images from the scene show a significant fire burning off the right side of the interstate in the grassy median.
When cars leave the roadway and strike a fixed object, the results can be devastating. The most commonly struck object in these collisions is a tree. Obviously, trees line many roadways making it likely that cars will strike a tree if they veer off the pavement. The abrupt stop involved in these incidents leads to devastating results and injuries. These crashes are responsible for around one out of every five people killed in a vehicle collision.
Most single-vehicle-run-off-the-road collisions are caused by driver mistakes. The common factors in such crashes include drunk driving, distracted driving, driving while drowsy, and speeding. While drivers may be able to avoid most of these wrecks by driving responsibly, there are other causes that can lead to these accidents. If a driver tries to avoid roadway debris or an animal in the road, he or she may lose control of the car and cause a single-vehicle accident. It is difficult to know how often these types of factors cause crashes, though, as there may be no witnesses or survivors to explain what transpired.
In order to prevent many deadly fixed object crashes, roads should have a safe amount of space between the pavement and objects. By not having objects too close to the road, drivers are afforded an opportunity to correct before striking something.
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Sources:https://www.wcjb.com/content/news/Traffic-backed-up-for-hours-after-pickup-truck-crashes-and-catches-fire-567222481.html and https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/collisions-with-fixed-objects-and-animals