Tragic Crash Kills One in Augusta, Georgia on Walton Way Extension and Interstate 20
AUGUSTA, GA- Wrdw.com writes that one person died in a crash that occurred in the afternoon last weekend. The Richmond County Coroner identified the victim as a 47-year-old man from Aiken. Investigators believe that the crash was the result of a medical episode that the driver experienced. The vehicle involved displayed only minor damage.*
Police say that they found the victim on the ramp leading to the interstate and transported the man to the hospital. Medical professionals declared the victim died a short while later. Reports indicate that an autopsy is scheduled in order to determine the cause of the fatality.
Medical episodes occasionally cause car accidents. According to one study, diabetes causes about one out of every five medically related car crashes, with heart attacks causing around eleven percent of such events.
There is little to do to avoid a car crash that is related to an unexpected medical episode, but drivers who are aware of their medical conditions place them at risk should avoid driving. In the near future, vehicles may be capable of monitoring drivers to ensure that they are not suffering a dangerous emergency while operating their vehicles. The cars will identify changes in a driver’s heart rate, blood glucose levels, or other indications of an urgent situation, and then pull the vehicle to the side of the road and call emergency services.
It is important to note that these incidents are far less common than crashes that result from human error. While diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes may cause a driver to lose control of their vehicles, smartphones, speeding, and alcohol still account for far more wrecks than any of these medical problems.
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Sources:https://www.wrdw.com/content/news/One-person-dead-after-accident-on-Walton-Way-and-I-20-566926801.html and https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/17/cars-will-know-when-youre-having-a-heart-attack-and-how-to-react.html and https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/find-out-what-are-the-leading-causes-for-most-car-accidents-1027930348
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