Houston County Crash Leaves Two Dead
A recent accident has left two individuals dead and five injured. The accident serves as a reminder of the potentially deadly results of crossing the center median while traveling at high speeds.
On May 27, 2016, at approximately 3:30 pm, a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling on U.S. route 231, one mile south of Madrid. Meanwhile, a 2003 Chevrolet truck was traveling in the same direction. Although the reasons for the collision are still under investigation, the Suburban made contact with the truck, sending the Suburban and its five passengers over the center divider into oncoming traffic. The Suburban then collided head-on with a 2003 Provost motor home. The driver and two passengers in the Suburban were transported to a local hospital, as were the driver and passenger in the motor home. Two passengers in the Suburban were declared dead.
While one of the rarer forms of car crash, head-on crashes have one of the highest fatality rates of any type of motor vehicle collision. Only 2% of all accidents are classified as head-on collisions, yet these accidents result in 10% of all motor vehicle fatalities in the U.S. annually. Typically, such accidents are attributable to the driver who crosses the center median being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but fatigue and distraction are other common causes for head-on crashes. This high fatality rate is the reason that crossing a double-yellow line or passing in a no-passing zone carries such a heavy penalty. Should you be the victim of a head-on crash where another individual crossed the center median prior to hitting you, the fact that the at-fault driver was violating a law could make proving liability for the accident easier, and increase the amount of damages to which you’re entitled.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck or car crash in Alabama, be sure you receive the full compensation to which you’re entitled for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering by contacting the dedicated and knowledgeable Dothan personal injury attorneys at Cobb, Boyd, White & Cobb for a no-cost consultation on your case, at 334-677-1000.