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Head-On Crash in Auburn Results in Minor Injuries

Two-Vehicle Accident on Dry Creek Road Causes Serious Vehicle Damage

A head-on crash occurred in Auburn on February 8. The accident happened around 3:43 in the afternoon at the intersection of Dry Creek and Haines roads. The accident report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated that the collision involved a Jeep Cherokee SUV and a Toyota Tacoma pickup. 

CHP Investigators to Determine Fault in the Head-On Crash

Both of the vehicles sustained major front-end damage in the collision. However, those in the vehicles were fortunate to have only suffered minor injuries. The accident will be investigated by the CHP to find out who was at fault for the collision and how it occurred. Tow trucks were required to remove both vehicles from the accident scene.

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Collisions Head-On: The Dangers

It is common for head-on collisions to lead to devastating injuries and even death. The reason for this is that the vehicles collide with tremendous momentum. In other words, the impact force is created by the momentum of the collision and is compounded by the combined weight and speed of the vehicles. This results in a highly destructive and forceful impact. 

Fifty-eight percent of vehicle passengers die in frontal collisions, according to the Institute for Highway Safety. The number of fatal head-on collisions in urban areas is less than 8 percent, but in rural areas, it’s about 13 percent. 

What Causes a Head-On Crash?

Head-on collisions can be caused by several factors. Here are some of them:

  • Improper passing: A driver on a two-lane road who misjudges the time they need to pass or attempts it in an area with poor visibility can cause a head-on crash.
  • Distracted driving: Taking a phone call, sending a text, or conversing with a passenger while driving can lead to a head-on collision. A few seconds of looking away is sufficient time to move into an opposing lane.
  • Speeding: When a driver speeds around a curve, they may lose control of the vehicle and end up in the opposing lane.
  • Fatigue: A driver who is too fatigued to drive can cause serious accidents on the highway, including a head-on crash. Those driving without enough sleep are just as dangerous as those who are impaired. Many accidents occur when the driver dozes off or rests their eyes. Fatigued drivers are more likely to speed as their bodies fall asleep. 
  • Driving in the wrong direction: Often caused by an intoxicated driver, a motorist who goes in the wrong direction on a one-way street or heads up the exit ramp of a freeway can cause a head-on crash. 
  • Drunk drivers: Drunk drivers lose control of their vehicles due to impaired cognition and reduced reflexes. Because they weave in and out of their lane, cannot judge their distance from other vehicles, and can even fall asleep while driving, they are a danger to others. 

Auburn Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn car accident lawyer. Head-on collisions can cause severe trauma. If you suffered an injury because of a negligent driver, we have free and friendly advice to offer you. Please contact us at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. We can also be reached by sending us a message online

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