A Honda Pilot SUV allegedly reached speeds of up to 100 mph when it veered into oncoming traffic and hit a Dodge Caravan head on. The crash happened around 11:50 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2019, at the five-point intersection o Ridge Pike, Chemical Road, North Lane and Colwell Road.
A police officer at the scene witnessed the accident saying that he heard the Honda come up behind him and leave the westbound lane of Ridge Pike and witnessed it hitting the Dodge head on.
The driver of the Dodge was trapped inside the vehicle with massive injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Honda was ejected from the car and he also died at the scene along with one of his passengers. Another passenger in the Honda sustained critical injuries and was transported to Temple University Hospital.
We are deeply saddened to learn of this crash.
According to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, speeding is directly responsible for almost 10,000 traffic deaths a year which is around 25 percent of all fatalities. The report goes on to say that speeding is a contributing factor in even more accidents because speeding often leads to other types of crashes like rollovers and head-on collisions.
The agency defines speeding as not only when a car goes over the posted speed limit, but when the driver is going too fast for conditions even if closely following the speed limit. Some of the conditions that require slower speeds are:
- Construction Zones
- Weather Condition
- Road Conditions (snow, ice, debris, sand)
- Tight Corners
- High Traffic Volume
- Cars Stopped for Accident
Head-on collisions are the deadliest type of accident, and when speed is added to the impact, the risk of serious injury or fatality goes up considerably. According to the NHTSA, head on collisions make up only 2 percent of all accidents but account for 10 percent of all traffic fatalities. When a head-on occurs, both vehicles contribute to the impact making it much greater.
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