Palm City – On May 16, 2013, a fatal head-on collision occurred around
8:40 a.m. in the 2600 block of Coronado Avenue, just east of the Interstate
5, according to the San Diego police.
The accident occurred on Coronado Avenue near Dearborn Drive, where a female
driver in a Ford Contour driving eastbound on Coronado Avenue veered out
of her lane, colliding with an oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane of
traffic. As the driver of the Ford Contour approached the 2600 block she
crossed over into the westbound lanes crashing head-on into another female
driver in a Toyota Camry. The 29-year-old female driver in the Ford Contour
died at the scene and the other female driver was transported to the hospital
with minor injuries. Investigators do believe that speed was a factor
in this crash.
It just so happens that an ambulance was passing by immediately following
the accident. According to SDPD Detective Gary Hassen, medics took the
surviving victim to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
SDPD officers shut down part of the street for a few hours while they conducted
an investigation and cleaned up debris from the accident.
Dangers of Head-On-Collisions
A head-on-collision is perhaps the most dangerous of all forms of traffic
collisions, even at seemingly moderate speeds as in the accident that
occurred in a residential neighborhood in Palm City. With a head-on-collision,
the front ends of two vehicles collide, as opposed to a rear-end collision
or a side collision.
In a 1985 study by K. Rumar using British and American crash report data,
it found that 57% of crashes were solely caused by driver factors. In
simple terms, the majority of accidents were caused by driver negligence
more than any other contributing factor.
Human factors leading to car accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Old age
- Distracted driving (e.g. texting while driving)
Unfortunately, the head-on collision between the Ford Contour and the Toyota
Camry was preventable and a life could have been spared if negligence
wasn't a factor. If you were injured in a head-on collision, a side-impact
collision or a rear-end collision because of driver negligence, then I
urge you to
contact my firm, The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C., to discuss filing a claim for