Palm Coast Crash Involving Distracted Driver Tragically Kills One
PALM COAST, FL- News-journal.com writes that a car crash occurred this week that involved a motorist who was looking at her phone. The deadly collision took place on Interstate 95 in the middle of the night.*
Reports indicate that an 18-year-old woman was traveling south in the center lane in a sedan when she looked at her cell phone. While glancing at the screen, she drifted into the outside lane. Upon realizing that she was drifting out of her lane, she overcorrected, causing the car to rotate into the shoulder before reentering the interstate and striking the rear of a semi-truck that was in front of her in the center lane.
The impact caused the driver of the truck to lose control of his vehicle, which then ran off the roadway and rolled over before colliding with the median guardrail. The woman then slid across the interstate and struck the same tractor-trailer a second time, and then veering back across all lanes and onto the right shoulder. The man operating the truck died at the scene of the crash. All lanes of the interstate were closed for the investigation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Highway Association (NHTSA), distracted driving killed 2,841 people in the United States in 2018. That same year, an estimated 400,000 people were injured in collisions caused by distracted motorists. Phones are often the cause of distraction, but anything a driver is paying attention to instead of the road is a problem. This includes eating, changing the radio station, or talking to passengers.
When it comes to texting, a driver will take their eyes off the roadway for an average of five seconds. If the motorist is traveling at 55 miles per hour, in those five seconds, he or she can travel the length of a football field.
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