PLANT CITY FL- Baynews9.com reports that the identity of the 29-year-old driver killed in a head-on collision in Plant City has been released. The driver, Gerald Edouard, who was operating a 2002 Volkswagen Passat at the time of the crash veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a semi-truck. Edouard was pronounced dead at the scene. The 41-year-old man driving the truck was uninjured in the accident.*
The cause of the accident is still being investigated.
Head-on collisions are especially dangerous because the seed of both vehicles is multiplied when they travel at each other. Unfortunately, once someone drives into oncoming traffic, it can be difficult for even responsible and attentive drivers to take any kind of evasive maneuvers.
While it might seem counter-intuitive, most of these crashes occur on straight roads in favorable weather conditions. This is because the vast majority of head-on collisions are the result of distracted driving, or drivers falling asleep behind the wheel. Drivers who are texting or even just looking at the radio can take their eyes off of the road for long enough for them to drive across the lane markings or even a median. There is some speculation that these accidents are more common on clear sunny days because drivers feel at ease and are less vigilant. On a rainy day or one with icy roads, drivers are less likely to let their guard down. Head-on collisions should serve as a reminder to drivers that it is vitally important to always stay alert while driving. A full 94% percent of collisions are the result of human errors, not weather or bad roads.