A high school girl died and three other people were hospitalized following a head-on collision in Montville Township, Ohio. Katherine Babak, 16, was driving north when a southbound Jeep crossed over the center line and into her lane. The Jeep hit her Plymouth Acclaim, reported FOX News (8.4.14).
The two passengers in the car with Babak were Valerie Snyder, 15, and Earlena Couch, 16.The Jeep was driven by Jeremy Goodrich, 26. Extraction equipment was needed to free the trapped victims from the vehicles.
Of particular interest to accident lawyers, the collision occurred on an area of the road where there are curves and no street lights. The posted speed limit in the area in which the accident occurred was 45mph. Unreported, said FOX News, were the speeds at which the two vehicles had been travelling and who had been wearing a seat belt.
Both of the vehicles involved in the crash were very badly damaged.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that traffic crashes were the leading cause of death for teenagers across the U.S. In 2011, 1987 young drivers aged 15–20 died and close to 180,000 were seriously injured in motor-vehicle accidents in 2011. In New York State, 40 young drivers died.
There are a number of crash risk factors that put teen drivers at a greater risk for accidents. These factors include overconfidence in their driving abilities that leads to risk taking, low risk perception, poor hazard detection, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, less experience with driving at night, lack of skills and not wearing seatbelts. However, it appeared that this accident was not the fault of the teenager, but of the twenty-six year-old who hit her vehicle.
Head-on collisions frequently occur when a car or other vehicle crosses a centerline or a median and crashes into an approaching vehicle. Causes of cross median crashes include improper signage on the highway, distracted drivers, fatigue, improper lane changes, and drivers who lose control of their vehicles while speeding. An auto accident lawyer will conduct a complete investigation of the accident, collecting evidence that may be useful in establishing legal responsibility for the accident against the other driver. Head-on crashes cause many fatalities and often result in horrific injuries due to the extensive force applied to the occupants of both vehicles
The FOX News story cited is “16-year-old girl killed, 3 others injured in head-on crash.”