In a recent North County crash, the California Highway Patrol were called to the scene around 8:00 p.m. on a Sunday to address four injured individuals. One of those died when his 1986 Toyota Corolla Sport crossed the road’s double yellow line and hit a 2010 KIA Rondo head on. The force of the crash also sent the KIA spiraling into two other vehicles.
The individual causing the accident was a 29-year-old Oceanside man who crossed over the median. These kinds of accidents can be particularly catastrophic because it leaves the other driver little to no time to react. Individuals who are not paying attention or are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are more likely to cross the double yellow line and hit other individuals. The force of a head-on crash can be severe, depending on the speed the other vehicle is traveling at.
According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head-on crashes are more likely to lead to fatalities in rural areas, but they still make up a portion of fatal accidents in urban areas, too. In rural locations across the country, head-on crashes make up 13 percent of all fatal accidents, but only 7 percent in urban locations. No matter where a head-on accident happens, though, the injuries can be severe like those in the recent North County crash.
If you or someone you know has recently been injured in a head on crash, it is imperative that you get medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. Head on crashes in San Diego can lead to lifelong medical treatments and a great deal of pain and suffering. Getting medical attention right away increases the chances that you will be able to recover from the accident, but bear in mind that shock and adrenaline can disguise your true condition from you immediately after the crash occurs. Get yourself checked out at the hospital in any situation where you’ve been through a head-on crash.