Head-on collisions make up a small number of overall traffic collisions but account for a higher percentage of serious injuries and fatalities. Head-on collisions are more likely to occur in rural areas, accounting for 13% of crashes compared to less than 7% of deadly crashes in rural areas.
The vast majority of car accidents involve human error, and head-on crashes are no exception. One of the leading causes of head-on collisions is distracted driving. Another major cause was drowsy driving. Driving under the influence is also a factor in a significant number of head-on collisions. Other factors included not adjusting for weather or road conditions and ignoring traffic signs or signals.
North Escambia reports that a violent crash on Highway 29 in Escambia County claimed a life.
The crash occurred at about 3:50 p.m. on Highway 29 at Canoe Creek.
A 19-year-old male from McDavid was driving a Jeep Patriot south on Highway 29 when he crossed the median. He hit an oncoming Buick Enclave head-on.
The Buick came to a rest on its side in a ditch. The driver of the Buick, a 67-year-old man from Brewton, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, a 62-year-old female, was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
The impact severely damaged the Jeep, which came to rest upside down on the shoulder of the lanes on the southbound side of the interstate.
The driver of the Jeep was able to crawl from the vehicle with only minor injuries.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, but the driver of the Jeep told bystanders that he thought he may have fallen asleep.