One Dead in Tragic Single-Vehicle Wreck in Habersham County, Georgia
HABERSHAM COUNTY, GA- Thenortheastgeorgian.com writes that a crash took place on State Road 365 in Georgia this week. The fatal wreck killed a 74-year-old woman from Athens. The victim was a passenger in the 1998 Toyota 4Runner when the driver lost control of the car.*
Reports indicate that the Toyota veered onto the median and before the 74-year-old man driving the car overcorrected. The SUV then began to rotate as it crossed all of the southbound lanes of traffic and entered the westbound shoulder. The vehicle then collided with a guardrail and multiple trees before flipping over. The 4Runner ended up on its passenger side on the shoulder of the road. The driver, who was the victim’s husband, also suffered severe injuries in the collision and was transported to the Northwest Georgia Medical Center for treatment. The husband and wife were both doctors.
Rollover crashes cause around thirty percent of all collision-related fatalities on the road. While rollovers can occur in any type of vehicle, SUVs are more likely to overturn. Newer SUVs are less likely to flip, but any vehicle with a taller center of gravity is at a greater risk of turning over.
Wearing a seatbelt is a good way to reduce the risk of dying in one of these collisions. Seatbelts are the best way to prevent someone from being thrown from a vehicle. Vehicle ejections are often fatal. About seventy-six percent of people thrown from a vehicle in wreck do not survive their injuries.
Drivers can reduce their risk of being involved in a rollover by reducing their speed and staying focused on the road.
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Sources:https://www.thenortheastgeorgian.com/local-news/fatal-wreck-shuts-down-part-highway-365 and https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/02/rollover-101/index.htm
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