Although head-on crashes account for only about 2% of overall car crashes, they account for well over 10% of all fatalities. This is primarily because the two vehicles are headed straight for one another, usually at high speeds, before the crash. Head-on crashes can result in traumatic brain injuries, spine injuries, catastrophic internal injuries, broken bones, and even disfiguration. Head-on crashes are usually caused by speeding, distracted driving, overcorrection, and driving while intoxicated. Many highways are looking to install or have already installed warning systems that help to prevent drivers from driving the wrong way and ending up in a head-on crash.
The Bradenton Herald reports on a rollover crash that seriously injured two people on US-41.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. A 27-year-old Bradenton man was headed south on U.S. 41, coming up on 54th Avenue West.
The driver crossed the continuous turn lane and entered the northbound lanes of the highway. There, he collided head-on with a Nissan Quest being driven by an 81-year-old female.
The Nissan overturned as a result of the collision, seriously injuring the elderly driver.
The 27-year-old, who was driving a Honda, sustained critical injuries. His passenger, a 37-year-old male, only received minor injuries.
All three victims were transported to a local hospital for medical care.
The crash shut down all lanes of U.S. 41 in both directions for approximately two hours.