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Palmetto Collision Tragically Kills One Over the Weekend


March 02, 2020

PALMETTO, FL- Mysuncoast.com writes that a man died in a crash in Manatee County over the weekend. The incident occurred in the mid-morning on Moccasin Wallow Road.*

Reports indicate that a 22-year-old man was traveling westbound in a 1995 Toyota 4Runner when he crossed over the center line and into the eastbound lanes. A 65-year-old man was traveling eastbound in a 2010 Honda CR. And the two vehicles collided head-on. Responders arrived at the scene and rushed both men to the Blake Medical Center. The 65-year-old man died several hours after the collision. The driver who was operating the Toyota is still in the hospital with severe injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Police have not yet indicated whether charges are pending. 

Studies have shown that head-on collisions will carry a high risk of death at relatively low speeds. Vision Zero programs indicate that at about 43 miles per hour, the risk of dying in a head-on collision is significant. Sadly, many roads are designed in such a way that it is easy for a car to drift into oncoming traffic. In order to prevent deadly head-on wrecks, roads with higher speed limits should be divided by a median. Distracted, drowsy, and drunk drivers often veer out of their lane. Road designers can help reduce the chances of such an error costing someone’s life. In many cases, the person killed in a head-on collision is an innocent driver who simply lacks time to avoid a car that suddenly enters their lane of traffic. The best way to avoid being involved in such a crash is to travel on divided roads, or roads with lower speed limits. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.mysuncoast.com/2020/02/22/year-old-driver-killed-fatal-crash-saturday-palmetto/ and https://www.thecarcrashdetective.com/how-to-survive-a-head-on-collision-slow-down-to-below-43mph/


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