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Three Hurt in Hamptons Head-On Crash

Published May 7, 2013 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney
Fire department overlooking car wreck

Head-on crashes in New York State account for only a small percentage of automobile wrecks each year.

But they cause a disproportionately high number of injuries and deaths.

The reason is obvious: when two heavy objects collide with force from opposite directions, the outcome is usually disastrous.

A head-on collision injured three people in Speonk on April 28 – two of whom were thrown from their vehicles. Luckily nobody was killed.

Here is a news account of the wreck:

The accident happened when a 2011 Ford pickup and a 2000 GMC pickup collided on Montauk Highway.

One truck was found in the westbound lane facing south, with utility wires resting on the vehicle. A nearby utility pole was broken off at the base, and wires lay across the roadway. The second pickup truck was found 100 feet west of the first vehicle, having traveled along the sidewalk.

Because of the downed power line and the possibility of an electrical blaze, fire departments were called to the scene to assist police and paramedics.

Head-on collisions, sideswipes, and run-off-road crashes in New York are often lumped together as lane-departure crashes. This is because they occur when a vehicle leaves its lane and collides with another vehicle or fixed object.

Here are 5 Top Causes of Head-on Collisions:

  1. Drifting across the center-line;
  2. Making a dangerous pass into oncoming traffic;
  3. Jumping over a median;
  4. Making a left turn at an intersection;
  5. Driving while intoxicated.


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