Man Dies in Tragic Accident Involving Two Pickup Trucks on US 17 in Georgia
YULEE, FL- News4jax.com writes that a man died in a crash earlier this week in Yulee, Florida. The victim was a 60-year-old man from St. Mary’s who was operating a Ford F-150 southbound at the time of the crash. Reports indicate that the victim drifted into the northbound traffic lanes and struck a Ford F-150 that was traveling in the opposite direction. The early morning accident took place close to US 17’s intersection with Hamilton Street.*
The victim died at the scene of the collision, and the other driver, a 54-year-old man from Ohio, suffered critical injuries. Responders took the survivor to UF Health Jacksonville.
The roadway was closed for several hours in both directions while responders cleared the scene.
Head-on collisions come with a high fatality rate. While vehicles continue to be designed with additional and more advanced safety features, manufacturers cannot create cars that prevent fatalities in these deadly accidents because the forces at play are just too intense.
When we look at safety ratings, the five-star frontal collision marks mean that the vehicle performed well in these types of crashes. However, many people do not realize that the standards that manufacturers are held to only involve protecting occupants in head-on collisions up to 40 miles per hour, with everyone using a seatbelt and with another vehicle of roughly the same size. At higher speeds, even vehicles considered safe cannot provide adequate protection.
Despite the fact that studies indicate that above 43 mph occupants will often die, roads continue to permit vehicles to travel at far greater speeds even on roads that provide no protective barriers or medians between opposite directions of traffic.
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Sources:https://www.news4jax.com/traffic/2020/01/08/at-least-1-killed-in-crash-that-blocked-us-17/ and https://www.thecarcrashdetective.com/how-to-survive-a-head-on-collision-slow-down-to-below-43mph/
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