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Head-On Collision Kills 1, Injures 3

Posted on February 12, 2018

Yellow center lines on the roadways help keep drivers on their side of the road. In many cases, traffic is traveling in opposite directions, so if you don’t stay on your side of the road, you could end up in a head-on collision.

That was what recently happened to a Maryland woman and sadly, she died from her injuries. The fatal accident happened just after noon on January 15. The 23-year-old Columbia woman was a passenger in a Nissan sedan that was traveling west on Ten Oaks Road near Heather Glen Way. The vehicle crossed the yellow line for an unknown reason and struck an SUV going in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Nissan, a 24-year-old Columbia man, was hospitalized after suffering injuries, but is expected to survive. The two people inside the SUV suffered minor injuries and were treated at the crash scene.

Portions of Ten Oaks Road were closed for five hours as police investigated. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Surviving Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions are often deadly due to the impact of two vehicles coming at each other at high speeds. However, a study that assessed 1,108 head-on collisions showed there are some factors that increase the chance of survival. Inexplicably, women are more likely than men to die in a head-on collision.  While men were more likely to survive, other factors played a role as well. For example, driving a larger vehicle, driving a newer vehicle, being young, wearing a seatbelt and having an airbag deploy all helped increase survival rates.

Differences in height and weight of vehicles contributed greatly to fatality rates. Drivers of cars are 17 times more likely to die in a crash than drivers of small trucks. Most head-on collisions involved drivers between the ages of 15 and 24. Despite this statistic, the fatality rate is 39 percent—the lowest of all age groups.

Contact an Oxon Hill Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Head-on collisions are often fatal. Those who survive often must deal with serious injuries, on top of medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

If you were injured in a head-on collision or other type of car accident, it’s important that you seek legal help. You could be entitled to compensation to help pay for medical bills and other damages. Protect your legal rights by contacting the personal injury attorneys at Law Office of William C. McCaskill PLLC. Contact us today at (240) 766-8085 to schedule your free consultation.

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