EDWARDSVILLE- Riverbender.com writes that a one-vehicle crash took place on Wednesday at about 3:48 p.m. in Edwardsville. Reports indicate that the vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree. The damage was severe, and the driver had to be extracted from the vehicle.
One person transported via airlift to a St. Louis hospital.
Single-vehicle collisions cause around one out of every five roadway deaths. Most of these crashes involve a vehicle leaving the road. In many cases, the vehicle strikes a fixed object. The most common object struck is a tree, followed by utility poles. Other single-vehicle crashes involve a vehicle leaving the road and rolling over. These crashes are another extremely deadly type of accident.
There are circumstances when roads are slick and visibility low when single-vehicle crashes are more likely to occur, but in most cases, these crashes are entirely avoidable.
The most common causes of single-vehicle off the road crashes are speeding, driving while intoxicated, driving while distracted or driving while drowsy. Speeding plays a role in about 90 percent of singlevehicle off the road crashes. The number of single-vehiclecrashes that are caused by drunk drivers is higher than the number of other collisions caused by drunk drivers.
Changing the behavior of drivers is difficult. Reducing crashes by telling drivers not to speed, text while driving, or drive drunk is not the most effective way to cut down on traffic fatalities. In order to reduce deadly off the road crashes, it is important to limit the number of fixed objects that are near the roador to add breakaways.
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