B.C. Woman Killed in Blaine, WA Head-On Collision
A head-on collision near the U.S. / Canada border in Blaine, WA on May 13, 2018 left a Richmond B.C., woman dead. Trouble started when a car, driven by the deceased woman, went over the center line and crashed into an oncoming semi-truck.
Blaine ,WA head-on collision report
According to State Troopers, a Honda Accord was driving north on Washington State route highwaySR-543 when it crossed into oncoming traffic Sunday night, hitting the semi-truck. The 56-year old driver of the car, Tupou Dyck, was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said that the truck driver, a 51-year-old person from Surrey B.C., tried to avoid hitting the Honda by veering to the right-hand side of the road but was unable to avoid the accident. The truck driver was not injured in the crash.
Head-on collision statistics
Head-on collisions happen when two cars driving in opposite directions crash into each other; they are a particularly deadly type of car accident. In 2005, two percent of car accidents were classified as head-on car accidents but they accounted for 10.1 percent of U.S. fatal crashes that year. To reduce the risk of deadly head-on collisions, city planners often install median cable or concrete barriers between traffic lanes.
What causes head-on collisions?
The cause of head-on collisions varies from a simple mistake by a driver unfamiliar with an area to distracted driving and mechanical failure.
- Confused driver who ends up driving down the wrong side of a road.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Distracted driving.
- Mechanical failure such as a blown tire or brake failure.
Where are head-on collisions most likely to occur?
Head-on crashes happen more often in rural areas, where they account for 13 percent of all rural fatal crashes. By comparison, in urban areas head-on collisions cause less than seven percent of all deadly car crashes.
What are the most common type of head-on collision injuries?
The most common type of injury associated with head-on crashes is whiplash. This is because the forces involved in the crash cause the head and neck to continue moving forward even after impact. The head and neck are then whipped back, which strains the ligaments and muscles in the neck and shoulders.
If you or a loved one was injured in a head-on collision with an at-fault driver, seek the guidance of an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as you are able. He or she can evaluate the causes of the accident and the severity of your injuries and advise you about your legal rights.
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