Idaho State Police reported a head-on fatal crash on Yellowstone Highway just south of Sunnyside Road in Idaho Falls. A vehicle traveling northbound on Yellowstone Highway reportedly crossed over the center line and entered the southbound lanes of travel. The vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by an oncoming southbound vehicle. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the car crash and succumbed to his injuries at a nearby medical center. The driver heading southbound was wearing a seatbelt but was still transported by ground ambulance for evaluation of injuries at a nearby medical center. Traffic was blocked for about two hours as crews worked to clear the car accident.
Statistics show that only two percent of car accidents are head-on collisions. However, these types of crashes account for over ten percent of driving fatalities. Due to the increased force sustained by both drivers in a head-on collision, these types of accidents are probably the most dangerous. Here are some tips to help you avoid a head-on car crash.
Tips to Avoid a Head-on Car Crash
Wear a Seatbelt
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports airbags and seat belt use has reduced the fatality rate of head-on collisions by 61 percent.
Pass with Caution
When driving on a rural road, only pass when it is safe to do so. This can be tricky for many drivers as it is hard to see oncoming traffic until you start to attempt to pass. If in doubt, don’t. Instead, wait for a passing lane.
Never drive tired or distracted. Make sure to always have your eyes and mind on the road when you are driving to avoid an accident. All too often a driver accidentally swerves into oncoming traffic because they are distracted or falling asleep at the wheel.
Observe Lane Markings
It is only lawful to pass on a one-lane road when the line is dashed or a passing lane is present. Passing over a double yellow line or in a passing lane for the opposing flow of traffic is unlawful and could cause a serious accident.
Be Aware of Roadway Conditions
If a roadway appears slick, do not attempt to pass. Doing so may cause the driver to lose control and end in an accident.
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