Fatal Head-On Collisions in Fresno County
Head-on collisions are the most deadly accident type according to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. While they account for only 2 percent of all accident types, they make up over 10 percent of all fatalities.
Head-on Collisions are also more prominent on rural highways like those in Fresno County and other towns in the Central Valley. In a study involving Maine drivers, the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that in rural areas, head-on collisions make up over 5 percent of total crashes yet account for almost 50 percent of all rural traffic fatalities.
Fresno County Head-On Collision Kills Four Injures Two
Around 2 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, the CHP responded to an accident near Millerton Road and Via Bellaggio. The CHP said the accident happened when a Nissan pickup truck heading northbound on Millerton Road crossed the centerline and hit a Toyota sedan.
The driver of the pickup died at the scene as well as three of the passengers in the backseat of the Toyota. The injured were taken to a local hospital, and their condition is unknown at this time The CHP is still investigating the accident, and so far, no charges have been filed.
The Risk of a Head-On in Fresno County
Most of the roads in Fresno county are two-lane undivided highways with a speed limit of 50+ miles-an-hour. This means that when two cars pass each other from opposite directions, there are just a few feet of pavement—divided only by a yellow line—that separate the vehicles from a devastating head-on collision. There are many reasons a car drifts across the centerline, some of the most common are:
- Impaired Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Weather/Road Conditions
- Sun Glare
- Animal/Objects on Roadway
Common Head-On Collision Injuries
Serious injuries are are a hallmark of a head-on collision. The impact is violent as the momentum and mass from both cars make up the crash. Some of the most commons types of injuries in rural head-on collisions are:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Wrists and Hands
- Broken Ribs
- Chest Compression Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
- Deep Contusions
- Severe Lacerations
- Airbag Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer.
After an accident involving a serious injury in the Central Valley, contact attorney Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every client should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice and personalized attention to detail their case deserves.