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Two Wrongful Deaths from Head-on Car Crash
Two wrongful deaths resulted from a head-on car crash in Crawfordsville, Oregon. A young mother and one of her two children were killed in a two-vehicle crash. She was the passenger in the vehicle along with her two children and another man driving. A vehicle heading northbound on Brush Creek Road left its lane of travel and collided head-on with the first. The young mother died at the scene of the car accident. Her 5-year old daughter was life-flighted to a nearby hospital but passed away en route. The man driving and her 3-year old son was taken to a different hospital with minor injuries. Authorities say alcohol was a factor in the crash. The other driver was arrested and taken to jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, two counts of first-degree manslaughter and reckless driving.
Statistics show that only two percent of car accidents are head-on collisions. However, these types of crashes account for over ten percent of driving fatalities. Due to the increased force sustained by both drivers in a head-on collision, these types of accidents are probably the most dangerous. Here are some tips to help you avoid a head-on car crash.
Tips to Avoid a Head-on Car Crash
Wear a Seatbelt
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports airbags and seat belt use has reduced the fatality rate of head-on collisions by 61 percent.
Pass with Caution
When driving on a rural road, only pass when it is safe to do so. This can be tricky for many drivers as it is hard to see oncoming traffic until you start to attempt to pass. If in doubt, don’t. Instead, wait for a passing lane.
Never drive tired or distracted. Make sure to always have your eyes and mind on the road when you are driving to avoid an accident. All too often a driver accidentally swerves into oncoming traffic because they are distracted or falling asleep at the wheel.
Observe Lane Markings
It is only lawful to pass on a one-lane road when the line is dashed or a passing lane is present. Passing over a double yellow line or in a passing lane for the opposing flow of traffic is unlawful and could cause a serious accident.
Be Aware of Roadway Conditions
If a roadway appears slick, do not attempt to pass. Doing so may cause the driver to lose control and end in an accident.
What is a Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Wrongful death claims are enacted by the state legislature to govern who can bring a wrongful death claim.
Our wrongful death attorneys and lawyers have helped our clients recover substantial monetary settlements from the negligent persons who caused the wrongful death.
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Contact a wrongful death attorney in Eugene today to find out if you are entitled under the statute to bring a claim and, if so, what types of damages you are entitled to recover. Our lawyers are aggressive, experienced, and trusted. We will fight big insurance companies with deep pockets to ensure you get a fair settlement. Call our Eugene personal injury law office now at (541) 485-4878.
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