Tragic Crash Reported on County Road 768 in Charlotte County, Florida (FL)
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL- News-press.com writes that a crash left one person dead in Charlotte County, Florida. The collision took place in the afternoon when a driver was heading west on County Road 768, approaching the intersection with County Road 765A.*
The motorist traveled through a stop sign and collided with a large truck that was heading northbound. The victim was identified as a 67-year-old man. The driver of the truck was a 76-year-old man. The involved motorists were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the wreck.
While deadly crashes dropped in most areas during 2019, one type of accident that did not decline was large truck collisions. Deadly crashes involving large trucks increased by one percent. Of course, trucks present a variety of potentially deadly risks for others on the road, often simply because of their larger size. Another issue though is that they are taller than other cars and further from the ground. As such, it is possible for smaller cars to be involved in deadly underriding crashes with trucks and their trailers. Underriding guards have been shown effective at preventing such tragic wrecks.
Data also suggests that crashes dropped in most parts of the United States. However, Florida is in the one region out of ten in which the number of collision-related fatalities rose rather than dropped. The southeast, which is comprised of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina, experienced a two percent rise in fatalities.
The data is all fairly new, and so it is not clear why more trucks crashes are taking place even while other incidents drop. Additionally, reports do not state the reason that the southeast's traffic casualties are rising while every other part of the country experienced a drop in such events.
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