One of the major factors that affect the severity of a motor vehicle accident is where on the vehicles the impact occurs. The potential for serious or fatal injuries in rear-end or side-impact collisions typically depends on the speed and size of the two vehicles. However, when the vehicles collide head-on at highway speeds, the chances of occupant deaths are high.
According to a report from Fox10 News, a vehicle entered I-65 traveling north in the southbound lanes on a recent weekend evening. It is not currently known what led the sole occupant of the minivan to drive on the wrong side of the highway. The 56-year-old driver collided with a Volkswagen Tiguan at about 5:30 p.m. There were three occupants in the SUV. The report does not mention whether they were wearing seat belts.
The drivers of both vehicles and the two passengers died in the collision. State troopers are currently investigating the incident to determine why the minivan driver was on the wrong side of the highway. Inclement weather was not mentioned in the report.
A driver may enter an exit ramp for a number of reasons, such as unfamiliarity with the area, visibility issues, confusing road signs, distraction, alcohol impairment or health problems. When multiple factors lead to a fatal collision, victims or family members may be able to seek compensation from third parties as well as from the insurance company of the driver that caused the accident. Often, people turn to a personal injury attorney for help in pursuing a wrongful death claim.