Head-On Collision on Belt Parkway in Brooklyn Claims a Life
Of all the car crashes we see, head-on collisions are some of the deadliest. In theory, head-on collisions should be easy to avoid. After all, how can a motorist fail to see another car coming directly at them and not swerve in time? Nevertheless, hundreds of head-on collisions happen every year in New York, leading to deaths and serious bodily injuries.
Tragedy on the Belt Parkway
A recent head-on collision serves as a reminder of how deadly these collisions are. According to police, a 27-year-old man was killed when an allegedly drunk driver plowed his SUV into the livery car that the man was riding in as a passenger. The culprit was driving eastbound on the westbound lane near the Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn when he struck the livery car head on.
Both the intoxicated driver and the driver of the livery cab were taken to the hospital, where they were reported to be in stable condition. Another passenger, who was sitting in the front, was also taken to the hospital. The 27-year-old man, seated in the rear, died at the scene of the head-on collision.
The driver who was intoxicated while behind the wheel faces several criminal charges, among them DWI, DWAI, manslaughter, and vehicular manslaughter. The police investigation is ongoing.
Causes of Head-On Collisions
This recent death on the Belt Parkway highlights one of the main reasons for head-on collisions: drunk drivers. A drunk driver is prone to either drift into coming traffic or go the wrong way on a highway, surprising motorists and leading to collisions. With so many intoxicated drivers on the road, these accidents are unavoidable.
Other reasons for head-on collisions include:
- Driver fatigue. A driver who falls asleep can easily lose control of the vehicle and swerve into oncoming traffic.
- Distracted driving. A driver looking at a text message or eating might drift into oncoming traffic, leading to a head-on collision.
- Failure to adjust to poor weather. A driver going too fast for conditions can slide into oncoming traffic when speeding on snow, sleet, or ice.
- Illegal passing. An aggressive driver could try to pass around a curve, crashing into oncoming traffic.
- A driver who is confused can easily misread traffic signals, or miss them altogether, and enter highways going the wrong way.
Regardless of the reasons why the accident occurred, victims can experience devastating brain, back, and neck injuries, as well as emotional trauma that is just as severe. It is not uncommon for accident victims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and to relive the collision over and over.
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