A head-on crash Wednesday night on state Route 410 east of Bonney Lake has claimed the life of one man, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The man was driving a Ford F250 pickup. He veered across the center line and slammed head-on into a Ford Escape. The driver of the pickup, a 39-year-old man from Forks, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup where he later died that evening.
The driver of the Escape, a 33-year-old Black Diamond man, was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center with serious injuries. A female passenger had minor injuries.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts according to the Washington State Patrol. State Patrol said it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
The crash blocked state Route 410 for about four hours, according to state patrol.
10 Common Causes Of Head-On Collisions
Most car accidents involve human error – and head-on collisions are no exception. While head-on crashes represent only 2 percent of traffic accidents in the United States, they account for 10 percent of crash-related deaths.
These 10 factors contribute to most head-on crashes:
- Distracted driving: There may be no ill intent when a driver causes a head-on collision. Staring down at a cell phone or other device can be catastrophic. Taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds may cause you to veer into oncoming traffic.
- Fatigued driving: A lack of sleep can affect a driver’s attention and concentration behind the wheel.
- Not adjusting behavior to poor weather or low visibility: Whenever you are going too fast for conditions, you put yourself at risk for a head-on crash.
- Using poor technique when overtaking a vehicle: Not obeying a double yellow line and trying to pass when you shouldn’t is a recipe for disaster.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: One of the easiest ways to spot a drunk driver is if they are swerving back and forth, often leaving their designated lane. A slight turn of the wheel by a drunk driver could be devastating.
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals: Not paying attention and heading down a one-way street or ignoring a “Wrong Way” sign can lead to a head-on collision.
- Brake failure: If you’ve lost some or all ability to control your vehicle, you may not be able to prevent a head-on collision.
- Rural roads: Almost half of all head-on crashes occur on rural highways, which often feature two narrow lanes traveling in opposite directions. These roads can be dangerous to inattentive or reckless drivers.
- Third-party drivers: The vehicle that causes your head-on collision may not even be involved in the wreck. If someone moves into your lane and you swerve to miss them, you may accidentally cross the center line into oncoming traffic.
- Road hazards: Any object in your way that causes you to swerve or lose control of your car may lead to a head-on collision.
Need A Lawyer After A Head-On Collision?
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