The Insurance Information Institute collects statistics on things which may affect car insurance rates. This information includes such data as the number of crashes each year, the number of fatal crashes, the sex of the drivers involved, whether alcohol or drugs were involved, and driver behaviors. According to these statistics, one of the major factors in accidents was speeding as well as driving too fast for conditions. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs was a major factor as well. Another major factor was failure to maintain lane followed by failure to yield right of way.
The Huntington Patch reports on a crash that involved a driver who pulled out in front of a police car that was following an ambulance. The crash happened in Huntington Station on Sunday evening. A total of three people were injured in the crash, including a police officer.
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A 2018 Volkswagen Passat pulled out of the parking lot of the Walt Whitman Mall on Walt Whitman Road at about 5:51 p.m. At the same time, an ambulance was being followed by a marked police car northbound on Walt Whitman. The police car had its lights and siren activated. Firefighters had to resort to using heavy machinery known as the “Jaws of Life” to extract both the police officer and two other occupants from the vehicles.
Both the officer and the two passengers in the Volkswagen are being treated at area hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries. In all, about 50 first responders were on scene, including two rescue trucks, three fire engines, and five ambulances.