BROOKLYN, NY- According to Nbcconnecticut.com, a crash in Plainfield Connecticut reportedly killed a man from Brooklyn, New York on Monday, October 8, 2018, at approximately 10 in the morning. The victim, 71-year-old Michael John Niejadlik was traveling southbound on I-395 when he hit a guardrail, drove across the roadway and struck a tree. Niejadlik died at the scene of the collision.
The crash is still being investigated.
Fixed object crashes account for close to one-fifth of all traffic deaths. In 2014, 7,508 people were killed in crashes with fixed objects. These collisions happen when a vehicle leaves the road and strikes an object on the side of the road. In many cases, the object is a tree, but utility poles and traffic barriers are also frequently struck. Trees are the objects struck by victims in almost half of all fatal fixed object crashes.
The causes of these accidents include drunk driving, drivers falling asleep, speeding, distracted driving, and poor roadway visibility. About 43 percent of drivers who died in fixed object crashes were driving under the influence.
Research has shown that it is not easy to change drivers’ behaviors or prevent people from making many of the errors that cause these dangerous crashes. The best way to reduce the number of deadly fixed object collision is to avoid having fixed objects too close to the roadway. In many situations, it would be possible to avoid putting something like a utility pole close to a road. In other situations, making this type of accommodation might not be possible. In those cases, the objects should be made more visible to drivers, and barriers could be put in place to avoid severe crashes.
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