A head-on crash on Highway 98 leaves one woman dead, and another woman and a toddler with serious injuries. Various news agencies report that the collision happened just before 1 a.m. Saturday.
FHP reported in a news release that a 56 year old female from Navarre, was traveling east in the inside lane on U.S. 98 in a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier at 12:50 a.m. when the front left of her vehicle crashed into the front of a 2011 Honda Pilot driven by a 29-year-old female from Gulf Breeze. The Pilot was traveling west in the inside lane on the roadway. They say the Cavalier’s front driver hit the pilot’s front end, sending both vehicles spinning and coming to a final rest in the westbound lane of U.S. 98. The accident left the driver of the Cavalier dead, and the driver of the Pilot, along with her toddler, hospitalized in serious condition.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased and we pray for a speedy recovery for the mother and child who were in the Pilot.
A head-on collision means that two vehicles crash into each other, front-ends first. Head-on collisions are not very common, but often result in fatalities and/or serious injuries. In rural areas, this type of crashes make up 13 percent of all fatal crashes.
Head-on collisions happen when the driver of a vehicle crosses the center line and another driver is approaching from the other direction. They also happen when a driver enters and drives the wrong way on a highway off-ramp, or enters a divided highway on the wrong side of the divider.
Head-on crashes on freeways and Interstates have increased in recent years and are often caused by drivers traveling or turning the wrong way.
You should always pay close attention to pavement markings. The color of center lines and edge lines tells you if you are driving in the right direction or not. The Do Not Enter and Wrong Way sign will also alert you when you enter a road against traffic.
If you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of a head-on crash, you can get experienced help at Brannon & Brannon. Contact us for a free consultation at (850)659-2252 or through our website at brannoncanhelp.com.