According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, head-on crashes are one of the deadliest kinds of crashes. In 2017, there was a 58% fatality rate for head-on or frontal crashes. Rural areas are more likely to experience head-on crashes, with 13% of all fatal crashes in rural areas being head-on collisions. Compare this with urban areas where less than 7% of all fatal crashes involve head-on accidents. Usually, head-on crashes occur when a driver veers into oncoming traffic or drives on the wrong side of the road. Often, the reasons behind this are distracted driving, driving while intoxicated, unsafe passing, drowsy driving, or overcorrecting.
The Bennington Banner reports that an SVSU administrator was left in critical condition after a head-on crash in New York. The crash happened on Friday morning on Route 67 in Schaghticoke, New York.
49-year-old Paul DeMarco, who is the associate director of special education for the SVSU, was involved in the crash. Shortly before 7 a.m., a vehicle that was not involved in the crash attempted to pass a vehicle being driven by 44-year-old Daniel Taber. 41-year-old Michael Foster was a passenger in Taber’s vehicle.
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Taber sped his vehicle up and the uninvolved vehicle was not able to pass. It went back into the lane behind Taber. Taber entered a curve and lost control of his vehicle. He went into the oncoming traffic lane and into the path of DeMarco. DeMarco suffered from life-threatening injuries and was air-lifted to Albany Medical Center. He was in critical condition. Both Taber and his passenger died at the scene.