A head-on car accident collision occurred north of Bonners Ferry. Idaho State Police reported a car crossing over the center lane and striking another vehicle head-on. The vehicle then left the roadway down an embankment. Officials reported the driver of the vehicle deceased at the scene of the car accident. The other driver of the vehicle which was struck head-on was airlifted to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. Everyone involved in this car accident was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
How Head-on Car Accident Collisions Occur
Head-on car accidents generally occur when a car crosses over the centerline or median and crashes with an approaching car. Other head-on car accidents occur when a driver knowingly or unknowingly drives the wrong way in a traffic lane. Statistics from the Fatal Analysis Reporting System(FARS) showed that 75 percent of head-on car accidents happen on rural roads. This report also showed that 75 percent of head-on car accidents occur on undivided two-lane roads and 83 percent of two-lane undivided car accidents are on rural roads. These statistics indicate that most head-on car accidents result from a driver making an “unintentional” maneuver such as the driver falls asleep, is distracted, drunk, is driving too fast for road conditions or is speeding.
Prevent Head-on Car Accident Collisions
Providing adequate passing zones is one way to reduce the number of head-on car accident collisions. Here are a few more strategies to prevent or reduce head-on car accident collisions.
- Install centerline rumble strips for two-lane roads.
- Install profiled thermoplastic strips for centerlines.
- Provide wider cross sections on two-lane roads.
- Provide center two-way left-turn lanes for four and two-lane roads.
- Reallocate total two-lane roadway width (lane and shoulder) to include a narrow “buffer-median.”
- Use alternating passing lanes or four-lane sections at key locations.
- Install median barriers for narrow-width medians on multilane roads.
- Better pavement markings.
- Skid-resistant pavement surfaces.
- Rumble strips to slow vehicles on approaches to hazardous locations.
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