Head-on crashes make up roughly 2% of all motor vehicle crashes yet cause more than 10% of all crash fatalities. The very nature of head-on crashes is the leading cause of the catastrophic outcomes of head-on crashes. Head-on crashes tend to happen at high speeds, which increases the damage done to the vehicles and the seriousness of the injuries.
There are many causes behind head-on crashes. One of the leading causes is distracted driving, causing many states to prohibit using a cell phone while driving. Another common cause is drowsy driving. Drivers who are tired can lose focus and sometimes fall asleep behind the wheel. Another leading cause of head-on crashes is driving while intoxicated.
Click Orlando reports that a fatal crash claimed three lives on State Road 200 in Marion County.
The crash occurred at about 6:20 a.m. on Friday, June 26th on State Road 200.
Florida State Troopers reported that a 60-year-old male was driving eastbound in a pickup truck towing a trailer on State Road 200 near County Road 484. The driver veered into oncoming traffic lanes where he hit a sedan head-on.
That car rotated and veered off of the roadway. The truck then hit a second sedan, causing that vehicle to spin and run off the road.
A 39-year-old woman driving the sedan and the 16-year-old girl in the back seat died at the scene. A 10-year-old in the front seat was seriously injured.
The 73-year-old woman driving the second sedan also died at the scene.