A devastating accident in Stanislaus County claimed the life of at least one victim and sent two other victims to the hospital on Friday evening.
The California Highway Patrol was called to the scene shortly after 7 p.m. on October 15, 2021. The Modesto Bee reports the tragic crash occurred along West Grayson Road near Muncy Road, southwest of Modesto.
The investigation found that a Dodge Durango and a Dodge Caliber collided head-on after one of the vehicles drifted into the wrong lane.
One driver was declared deceased on the scene of the accident. One passenger was flown to the hospital. Another victim was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. Officers said both patients had major injuries and confirmed that one was in critical condition.
The investigation into what lead to the accident continues.
Head-On Accident Dangers in Rural Stanislaus County
A frontal collision between vehicles is the most dangerous angle of impact for drivers and passengers. The results can be that much more devastating because the speeds of the vehicles involved combine to multiply impact forces. The injuries inflicted can be severe and the chance for a fatal outcome is much higher.
The National Safety Council found that there were 5,000 deaths blamed on head-on collisions across the nation in 2019. That accounted for 30% of all traffic accident deaths for the year.
In Stanislaus County in 2020, there were 2,819 accidents recorded with over 4,000 people injured and 77 tragic deaths. 202 of those accidents involved a head-on impact. Those head-on collisions resulted in 347 people being injured and claimed six lives.
With such devastating consequences, every motorist must stay vigilant and battle against distraction no matter when and where they drive. These frightening accidents can be prevented when we commit to keeping our attention on the roads and showing extra caution for our own safety and the safety of those we share the roads with.
A Word on Wrongful Death Claims.
Families who have lost a loved one in an accident may not be aware that they may seek assistance through a wrongful death claim. This support could help with funeral and burial costs and replace the financial support the deceased can no longer provide for his or her family. You can read more about those on my page about wrongful death claims in California.