Sources indicate that although only an estimated 2% of crashes involve head-on collisions, this type of collision is responsible for 10% of all crash-related fatalities. Head-on collisions often result in injuries that are catastrophic.
The most common types of injuries sustained in head-on collisions include head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, paralysis, internal injuries, and broken bones. Head-on collisions are so dangerous because they typically take place at high speeds, frequently on the highway or freeway. In the case of highway and freeway accidents, head-on collisions are usually caused by a wrong-way driver.
News 4 Jax reports on a crash that blocked several lanes of U.S. 17 at Town Center Boulevard. The collision happened Wednesday night in Fleming Island according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
It was just before 9:30 p.m. when Florida State Patrol troopers responded to a call about a crash involving two pickup trucks on U.S. 17 at Town Center Boulevard.
According to troopers, a GMC Pickup Truck was headed northbound on U.S. 17 when the driver lost control of his vehicle. This caused him to veer into southbound traffic, where he collided with a Chevy Silverado.The GMC continued into the tree line before it stopped. 49-year-old David Pulliam was behind the wheel of the GMC. He sustained serious injuries in the accident.
The driver and the passenger of the Chevy Silverado were both critically injured in the crash and taken to the hospital. According to the report, Pulliam was not wearing a seatbelt. Authorities continue the investigation, and charges are expected.