Wrong-way driver leads to fatal multi-vehicle crash on Route 1 South | ABC6 (2024)

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Wrong-way driver leads to fatal multi-vehicle crash on Route 1 South | ABC6 (1)

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE)- South Kingstown Police said that a man died as a result of a three-vehicle crash on Tuesday evening.

Police said that 56-year-old Robert Brown, of Cranston, was driving the wrong way on Route 1 and crashed into two cars. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

Brown served with the Cranston Police Department, becoming Captain until he retired in 2007. He worked for internal affairs at the Wyatt Detention Center, and in 2013, joined the R.I. Department of Corrections Office of Inspections.

RIDOC described Brown as the “go-to inspector, with a talent for investigations and genuine love for the Department.”

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections shared a message on their Facebook for Robert Brown,

Bob’s tenacity is legendary. Known for turning over every single rock in an investigation, he was also equally regarded for his sense of fairness and compassion. He was as interested in clearing someone erroneously accused as he was in ensuring that those who tarnished the reputation of the Department would face consequences. Being a member of the law enforcement family meant everything to Bob, and he wore his badge and reputation proudly. He rarely took time off, and never failed to answer the call when needed. It didn’t matter how minor or how critical the task was, Bob approached everything he did with zealous professionalism and attention to detail. He served as a teacher and mentor to the members of the Special Investigations Unit, where his famous red pen made everyone’s report writing skills improve, and his enthusiasm was contagious.

Bob leaves his wife of 32 years, Kathy; whom he described as his very best friend and the love of his life, his son Eric of whom he was enormously proud, his father and three sisters. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement.

Investigators responded to the scene at about 5:01 p.m. for the crash in the southbound lane.

The drivers of the other two vehicles, 59-year-old Lisa Brunetti and 47-year-old Stephen Hatch, both were injured in the crash.

Brunetti was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious, yet non-life threatening injuries.

Hatch suffered minor injuries and was able to leave the scene without an issue.

The department’s Accident Reconstruction Division is still investigating the crash.

  • Robert Brown, provided by RIDOC

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Wrong-way driver leads to fatal multi-vehicle crash on Route 1 South | ABC6 (2024)


What is the number one cause of car accidents group of answer choices? ›

Driver Error Is the Leading Cause of Crashes. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies, driver error is by far the leading cause of car accidents in the United States. Driver error includes these specific kinds of mistakes: distracted driving.

Which driver is most likely to be involved in a fatal crash? ›

Teen drivers have a much higher risk of being involved in a crash than older drivers at the same blood alcohol concentration (BAC), even at BAC levels below the legal limit for adults.

Which factor overall creates the most deaths while driving? ›

Risk Factors Associated With Speeding

Because speeding is the most common cause of fatal accidents, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) devotes ample resources to study why people speed.

What percentage of fatal crashes are a result of a driver failing to properly yield the right of way? ›

Speed too fast or unsafe – 18.4% Careless driving – 7.5% Failure to yield right-of-way – 6.9% Improper lane usage – 6.6%

What percent of crashes are caused by driver error? ›

Consider the following statistics: According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, driver error led to 94% of the crashes examined. According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), human error causes 98% of crashes.

What are the three leading causes of fatal collisions? ›

What are the leading causes of car crashes? The three leading behavioral causes of fatal collisions are speeding, driving under the influence (DUI) and not using a seat belt.

What is the most common type of fatal car crash? ›

When looking at collisions between motor vehicles, angle collisions cause the greatest number of deaths (about 9,000 in 2021).

Is typically the most common cause of fatal driving collisions? ›

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States.

Which fatal four driving behavior is responsible for the most crashes? ›

1. Speeding. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, speeding is a main causes of severe car accidents. And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Act Administration (NHTSA), one-third of all car crashes involve drivers who were speeding.

What speed is fatal in a car crash? ›

When a car is going slowly, the risk of serious injury is about 1%. At 50 mph, the risk increases to 69% for injury and the risk for serious injury increases to 52%. A fatal car accident is practically inevitable at speeds of 70 mph or more.

Why do people drive so fast? ›

Inattention. Drivers often exceed the speed limit simply because they're not paying attention to their driving speed. Factors such as traffic flow, driving a powerful vehicle, and playing music were cited as contributors to speeding.

Where do one out of three fatal crashes occur? ›

One in every 3 fatal crashes occur at intersections: Drivers fail to search and identify a safe path of travel when approaching an intersection. Drivers don't identify or understand the risks. Drivers fail to develop good driving habits to effectively manage the risks.

What do 80% of all crashes result from? ›

62% of distracted driving results from drivers losing mental focus on the road. 80% of car accidents are caused by a driver being distracted.

What age group has the highest rate of car accidents? ›

Young drivers, particularly between the ages of 16-19 years old, have the highest crash rates of all drivers despite having the lowest rate of miles traveled than other age groups.

Is 1% of all collisions caused by driver error? ›

Only 1% of collisions are caused by driver Error. correct answer: False An Example of a 2 point violation is reckless driving.

Does driver error cause over 90% of crashes? ›

In a section of the NHTSA website about vehicle automation, they say: The safety benefits of automated vehicles are paramount. Automated vehicles' potential to save lives and reduce injuries is rooted in one critical and tragic fact: 94% of serious crashes are due to human error.

Is the most common driver error? ›

#1: Incorrect Speed

To avoid speeding, always know the speed limit, regularly check the speedometer, and allow enough time to reach your destination.

What are the 3 types of collisions that occur in a crash? ›

There are actually three collisions in every crash: the vehicle collision; the human collision; and the internal collision (inside your body).

What are the 4 major causes of vehicle collisions? ›

Common Causes of Vehicle Collisions

Unsafe speed. Driver distractions. Driving on the wrong side of the road. Improper turns.

What are the four main causes of accidents? ›

Various national and international researches have found these as most common behavior of Road drivers, which leads to accidents.
  • Over Speeding: Most of the fatal accidents occur due to over speeding. ...
  • Drunken Driving: Consumption of alcohol to celebrate any occasion is common. ...
  • Distraction to Driver: ...
  • Red Light jumping:

What is the most fatal vehicle? ›

#1. Ford F-Series (F-150, F-250, F-350) The F-150 is the most popular vehicle of any kind in the U.S., a distinction it's held for many years. But along with its stablemates, the larger F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks, the F-150 accounts for more fatal accidents than anything else on the road.

Where are the most fatal car accidents? ›

All of the top five states for overall number of car accidents are in the New England area, with Massachusetts being number one. California is in the top five nationwide for fatal accidents, along with Texas and Florida. Around 3,000 traffic deaths occur in each of those states every year.

Which type of crashes are the two most common? ›

Top 5 Most Common Types of Car Accidents
  1. Rear-End Collisions. Rear-end collisions most frequently happen when the rear driver collides with the vehicle in front of them from behind. ...
  2. Head-On Collisions. ...
  3. T-bone Accidents. ...
  4. Single Car Accidents with Fixed Objects. ...
  5. Sideswipe Accidents.
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What is the deadliest way to crash a car? ›

Head-On Collisions

By far the deadliest accident type is the head-on collision. Head-on collisions consider both vehicle's speed at the time of the crash, which means even an accident at lower speeds can be catastrophic.

Where in crashes are the most common type of collisions because? ›

Don't tailgate and don't speed. According to Arizona's vehicle crash data, following those simple instructions will help keep you safe on the roads. That's because rear-end crashes are, by far, the most common manner of vehicle collision.

What is the most common cause of an accident that occurs between a vehicle and a bicycle? ›

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a leading cause of all types of vehicle collisions, including those involving bicycles. When drivers are paying attention to their phones instead of their surroundings, they are significantly more likely to cause dangerous collisions.

What are the 3 riskiest driving behaviors? ›

NHTSA works to eliminate risky behaviors on our nation's roads.
  • Drunk Driving. Safety is NHTSA's number one priority. ...
  • Drug-Impaired Driving. Many types of drugs and medication, both legal and illegal, can impair your ability to drive safely. ...
  • Distracted Driving. ...
  • Seat Belts. ...
  • Speeding. ...
  • Drowsy Driving.

What is the number one unsafe driving behavior? ›

Don't speed up. violations include: > Failure to yield > Disregarding a traffic signal > Passing a stop sign Speeding and driving too fast for conditions often contribute to right-of-way violations.

What are the odds of surviving a 70 mph car crash? ›

While getting hit by a car going 15 mph only carries a 1.8% chance of death, getting hit by a car going 70 mph increases the mortality rate to 75.3%. Most people know that driving at high speeds is dangerous, but even they may be surprised that relatively average speeds can result in pedestrian deaths.

What happens if you crash at 60 mph? ›

Anyone driving speeds of between 50 and 70 MPH should be prepared for severe injuries in the event of a crash. Death is a genuine possibility, especially in a head-on collision. At these speeds, the likelihood of paralysis, brain damage, and other serious bodily injuries increase significantly.

Do fast or slow drivers cause more accidents? ›

Isn't slower always safer? A. No, federal and state studies have consistently shown that the drivers most likely to get into accidents in traffic are those traveling significantly below the average speed.

What happens if you crash at 100 mph? ›

Airbags and seat belts will do you little good at that speed. Your body will experience an almost instantaneous deceleration from 100 to 0 MPH in about 0.2 seconds and you will be subjected to a force of about 25G.

Is it safer to drive fast or slow? ›

Driving slower than the surrounding traffic is more likely to cause an accident than speeding, according to research. Driving too slowly can make other drivers around you constantly brake and speed up. It can be frustrating for other drivers, cause confusion and could lead to an accident.

Why does driving fast feel good? ›

There's a scientific reason for that. Just like riding roller coasters is fun, many people get an adrenaline rush from driving fast cars. This spike in blood pressure, and activation of your fight-or-flight response can be a natural high, which some people can actually become addicted to.

Why do men drive fast? ›

There is some evidence that suggests at least some of the drive to go fast is biological. Prenatal testosterone exposure or frontal lobe development can both affect basic personality functions, Hurd explained. There is a slight correlation between people likely to speed and those likely to drink.

Why do you think 1 out of 3 fatal crashes occur at intersections? ›

Crashes often occur at intersections because these are the locations where two or more roads cross each other and activities such as turning left, crossing over, and turning right have the potential for conflicts resulting in crashes.

Are roundabouts faster than traffic lights? ›

Common traffic maneuvers at roundabouts

As a result, travel speeds in roundabouts slower than speeds in traffic circles. Because of the higher speeds in older traffic circles, many are equipped with traffic signals or stop signs to help reduce potential crashes.

What is the primary cause of most crashes? ›

Traveling above the posted speed limit or too fast for roadway conditions is a primary cause of car accidents and traffic fatalities in California. In 2020, speeding contributed to 1,228 car accident deaths.

What are 90% of accidents caused by? ›

Several other studies have produced similar results, and every study that we know of shows that the percentage of car accidents that are caused by human error is at least 90%.

What is the cause of 90% of car accidents in the world? ›

Most of the time, auto accidents are preventable. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that somewhere between 94% and 96% of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by some type of human error.

What is the main cause of 94% of crashes and collisions? ›

In a section touting the safety potential of automated vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website states “94% of serious crashes are due to human error.”

Who causes the most car crashes? ›

Many more men than women die each year in motor vehicle crashes. Men typically drive more miles than women and are more likely to engage in risky driving practices, including not using seat belts, driving while impaired by alcohol and speeding.

What highway do most accidents happen? ›

I-95. According to NHTSA's data, I-95 is the most dangerous highway in the United States.

What is the average age of first car accident? ›

The most common age for car accidents to occur is between 16 and 17. The average age you can get your driver's license in the United States is 16, so this statistic makes sense. These new drivers aren't quite experts at driving yet.

What is the most common causes of accidents? ›

The 12 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents
  • Distracted Driving. Undoubtedly, distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents. ...
  • Speeding. ...
  • Drunk Driving. ...
  • Reckless Driving. ...
  • Inclement Weather. ...
  • Running Intersections. ...
  • Teenagers. ...
  • Night Driving.
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What is one of the most common accidents? ›

Falls are among the most common household accidents, especially for young children and the elderly, and they can lead to serious injuries like concussions, broken bones and even death.

What are 90% of car accidents caused by? ›

Several other studies have produced similar results, and every study that we know of shows that the percentage of car accidents that are caused by human error is at least 90%.

What is a major factor in car accidents? ›

Here is a list of eight major contributing factors in auto accidents:
  • Distracted driving.
  • Decision-making errors.
  • Fatigue.
  • Malfunctioning equipment.
  • Ill-serviced vehicle.
  • Hazardous driving conditions.
  • Ignorance of rules.
  • Speeding.
May 9, 2023

What are the 3 causes of accidents? ›

There are three basic causes of workplace accidents: chance occurrences, unsafe conditions, and employees' unsafe acts.

What are the 6 main causes of accidents? ›

Following are eight of the most common causes of accidents in the workplace:
  • Lifting. ...
  • Fatigue. ...
  • Dehydration. ...
  • Poor Lighting. ...
  • Hazardous Materials. ...
  • Acts of Workplace Violence. ...
  • Trips and Falls. ...
  • Stress.

What are 4 main causes of accidents? ›

Various national and international researches have found these as most common behavior of Road drivers, which leads to accidents.
  • Over Speeding: Most of the fatal accidents occur due to over speeding. ...
  • Drunken Driving: Consumption of alcohol to celebrate any occasion is common. ...
  • Distraction to Driver: ...
  • Red Light jumping:

What are the 3 types of accident? ›

Accidents can be classified as head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, or side-impact accidents. Head-on collisions often happen when someone travels the wrong way down a one-way street or an exit ramp, or when they cross the median on a highway.

What are the 3 most common types of accidents? ›

1, Slips, trips, and falls

The National Safety Council (NSC) says that the top three leading causes of work-related injuries are overexertion, bodily reaction and slips, trips, and falls.

What is the difference between a crash and an accident? ›

The word accident implies that a car crash happened through the fault of nobody in particular. This can be seen in the commonly used phrase, “It was just an accident.” On the other hand, the word crash indicates that someone caused the car wreck to happen, or that someone is actually at fault.

How many miles does someone drive in a day? ›

The average driver in the U.S. drives 37 miles per day, according to Department of Transportation statistics. Annual mileage averages by state indicate more densely populated areas typically have lower miles per year averages.

What 4 parts of a vehicle causes most accidents? ›

Which Car Parts Cause the Most Accidents?
  • Tires. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), worn out tires account for over 35 percent of all car accidents. ...
  • Brakes. ...
  • Lights. ...
  • Suspension. ...
  • Steering. ...
  • Belts. ...
  • Wipers. ...
  • Fuel System.
Mar 15, 2022

When stopped by a law enforcement officer while driving which of the following should you do? ›

Remain in your vehicle while the officer approaches.
  • Do not attempt to get out of your vehicle or approach the officer.
  • Exiting your vehicle does not assist the officer and may be perceived as a threat.
  • For the officer's safety and yours, remain in your vehicle.

When backing up it is best to do what? ›

Continually check all mirrors while backing. Perform a walk- around. Walk around the vehicle before backing it and after it has been parked for a while. Look for children, animals, soft or muddy areas, potholes, tire hazards, or other possible dangers.

What are two of your responsibilities as a driver? ›

All drivers are responsible for operating their vehicles in accordance with the laws, ordinances, and regulations of the jurisdiction in which they are traveling. A driver is required to perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections, and document these inspections as required by the FMCSR and company policies.


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