A crash on Rubidoux Boulevard at Market Street in Jurupa Valley claimed the life of a young Riverside County woman last week. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Left Lane with Fatal Consequences
Riverside County Fire Department and Cal Fire spokespersons reported that the driver of one vehicle, a nineteen-year-old from Moreno Valley, was heading south on Rubidoux Boulevard around 9:15 p.m. on the evening of November 14. For unknown reasons, she drifted into oncoming traffic at the Market Street intersection, striking another vehicle head-on.
Investigators haven’t commented on whether the impact itself was immediately fatal, but the driver of the car that left its lane died at the scene. They have said, however, that drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been involved in the crash.
Head-On Crashes Are Frequent
Head-on collisions are shockingly frequent. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t see a report of one in one of the California counties where we practice, or at least somewhere in the state.
The same week as the crash in Jurupa Valley, we heard about two men seriously injured in a head-on in Santa Ynez, while a woman was killed and a seven-year-old injured in Boyes Hot Springs. At the end of September, both drivers were injured and a passenger killed in a head-on crash on University Avenue in Riverside.
In the last several weeks, there have been several head-on fatalities involving motorcyclists, the most recent when a biker veered into the path of a pickup truck in Mountain Center here in Riverside County.
They’re Also Deadly
Head-on crashes are also more dangerous than other types. Head-on collisions account for only 2 to 3 percent of all crashes, but they’re responsible for double or triple that number of fatalities (7 to 10 percent of all crash deaths).
They’re the opposite of rear-end crashes, which are the most common (around a third of all collisions) but are much less likely to end with a fatality (only about 5 to 7 percent of the time).
We can only speculate about how this crash happened, but a look at potential causes would have to include both drowsy driving (the crash happened at night) and distracted driving.
Between 800 and 1,000 crash deaths each year are known to be caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel—but the true figure might be much higher. Distracted driving, which includes anything from fiddling with the radio to using a phone, has been on the rise and now accounts for close to 10 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Jurupa Valley Car Accident Lawyer
When you’ve been suddenly caught up in a car crash, whether it’s a head-on, a rear-end, a sideswipe, or any other configuration, it’s important for you to have the right team on your side as you pursue financial justice for your injuries.
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