SHIRLEY, NY – According to Patch.com, a driver entered oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle head-on in Shirley, New York. The 26-year-old man was operating a 1992 Mazda heading west on Montauk Highway when he drifted across the center of the road at about 7:10 in the evening.
The Mazda collided with an eastbound 2017 Subaru. The driver of the Mazda was declared dead at the scene of the crash. A 23-year-old man from Shirley was driving the Subaru; he and his 23-year-old female passenger were both injured in the collision and were taken to the Long Island Community Hospital for treatment of injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
Police are seeking information about the collision.
Head-on collisions can happen in an instant as the result of nothing more than a momentary lack of focus. While we all take driving more or less for granted and can become someone laid back about the task, it is important to remember that driving requires focus. A driver who takes a second to look at their phone can easily end up veering either off the roadway or into oncoming traffic.
The harsh reality is that many of us will sometimes fail to give driving the serious attention it requires. If we do get distracted, the results can be deadly for us and for others on the road.
More modern approaches to road safety acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of crashes are the result of human error. If we truly plan to make our streets safer, road and vehicle designs will have to account for human imperfections.
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