Reports indicate that the victim was driving south in a 2000 Subaru Legacy on Walt Whitman Road and collided with a westbound 2016 Mercedes Bens Sprinter that was driving on Express Drive North. The crash took place at about 5:15 in the morning.
The victim was declared dead at the scene of the crash. The four occupants of the Mercedes, which was driven by 37-year-old Daniel Batista, of Selden, were taken to the Plainville Hospital where they received treatment of minor injuries.
Over half of all injury-producing fatal crashes take place at intersections. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has investigated ways to improve safety by using new or alternative intersection designs. Based on research, FHWA has found a number of ways to increase intersection safety. Roundabouts, restricted U-turn intersections, diverging diamond interchanges, and mini-roundabout intersections are all possible infrastructure changes that could increase the safety of everyone on the road. In fact, when traditional intersections are replaced with roundabouts, there is about a 75 percent reduction in injury-causing crashes and around a 37 percent reduction in injury collisions.
Of course, while intersection design can reduce crashes, the main cause of car accidents is driver behavior. Drivers are the primary cause or major influence in about 90 percent of all car accidents. It is extremely difficult to alter driver behaviors, and as a result, the best way to increase roadway safety is to design roads with human behavior in mind.
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