Details of the Tragic Head-On Collision
Jeffrey Morris Brasher, 50, and his son Austin Blaine Brasher, 22, both died Saturday when their vehicles collided on an Alabama Highway. Jeffrey was pronounced dead at the scene while Austin died hours later at an area hospital.
It appears one of the trucks cross into the wrong lane; however, reports were not clear which driver was at fault.
Authorities did say that alcohol may have been a factor in the collision, but they did not elaborate.
Jeffrey Brasher, a bread distributor, was making an early morning commute to work while his son was heading home from a night out, PEOPLE reported.
Auto Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 35,092 traffic deaths were recorded in the United States in 2015, marking a 7.2-precent increase from the 32,744 deaths reported in 2014.
- The 7.2-percent increase is the largest spike recorded since 1966.
- Of those killed in auto accidents in 2015:
- 22,441 were occupants of passenger vehicles
- 5,376 were pedestrians
- 4,976 were motorcyclists
- 818 were pedalcyclists
- 667 were occupants of large trucks
- 227 were listed as other or unknown