WEAR, Channel 3 reports that a Pensacola man is in critical condition after a rear-end crash in Escambia County. Friday evening at approximately 10:53 p.m., emergency crews responded to Beverly Parkway and Hansen Boulevard. According to the news agency, a 21-year-old male crashed his GMC Sierra in the back of 32-year-old male’s Toyota Avalon as the Avalon was slowing down due to slowing traffic ahead. The impact pushed the Avalon’s vehicle forward about 120 feet, causing it to stop on the east bound inside lane of Beverly Parkway. The driver of the Avalon was not hurt, according to the FHP. The FHP reports the GMC Sierra changed directions, left the roadway, sideswiped a utility pole and collided with a street sign and post. The driver of the Sierra was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in critical condition. At this time authorities are trying to figure out of this wreck was alcohol related. The FHP says charges in this crash are pending.
There was a Washington Post Article that showed a staggering 87 % of rear-end crashes were blamed on driver inattention, a 2007 federal study found, leading regulators to estimate that 80 percent of rear-end collision deaths and injuries could have been avoided if crash-prevention systems were more widespread. The crash-prevention systems come in two parts: Driver warnings that beep and flash if car sensors suspect an upcoming hazard and automatic brakes that trigger in case of a potential accident, even at high speed. Because they never get drunk, drowsy or distracted, the systems are increasingly seen as a crucial safety upgrade for drivers: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has made crash-prevention systems the sole criterion for its ratings of the country’s safest cars.
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