Head-on accidents cause a disproportionate number of fatalities. Head-on car accidents are especially deadly because two cars striking each other directly multiplies the force and magnitude of the accident and because head-on crashes often happen at high speeds. One recent head-on collision in Macomb County illustrates how severe this type of crash can be.
CBS Local Detroit reported on the tragic wrong-way accident which happened in Macomb County. The accident happened on M-53 Northbound near to 31 Mile Road. It occurred at approximately 12:20 a.m. At the time, a 70-year-old driver was reportedly traveling in a 1993 Lincoln Town Car. Although she was traveling southbound, she was in the northbound lane. Her vehicle struck a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze head-on.
The 70-year-old who was reportedly traveling in the wrong direction was killed in the accident. The other motorist, who was 52-years-old, was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extracted. He was rushed to Henry Ford Hospital in Macomb in critical condition, before being transferred to Henry Ford Main in Detroit.
The senior driver who was traveling in the wrong direction did not appear to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident. The crash remains under investigation.
Unfortunately, this head-on crash follows a familiar pattern. Drivers going the wrong way due to confusion, and especially senior drivers traveling the wrong way, are a leading cause of head-on crashes. Many motorists get on at off-ramps or enter roads going the wrong way because they are not able to clearly read road signs or because they are disoriented due to age, impairment, or intoxication.
Seniors who drive too long once their age, infirmities, or medication make it impossible for them to be safe clearly put themselves and others at risk. Seniors need to monitored carefully for indicators which could suggest it is no longer safe for an older person to drive.
Other top causes of head-on crashes include drivers getting drunk, drivers falling asleep behind the wheel, and motorists passing on two lane roads where it is not safe for them to do so. Motorists can avoid these high-risk behaviors in order to reduce the chances of becoming involved in a deadly head-on collision.