Two Killed in Tragic Crash New Karleen Road Crash in Richmond County, Georgia (GA)
RICHMOND COUNTY, GA- Wjbf.com writes that two people died in a crash on New Karleen Road this week in Hepzibah. The incident occurred when a man traveling northbound crossed into the southbound lanes and collided head-on with another car.*
The driver who traveled left-of-center, identified as a 31-year-old man, died at the scene. A passenger in the other car, only identified as a juvenile, was also killed at the site of the crash. No additional information was released regarding the cause of the accident.
Head-on collisions are some of the most hazardous collisions on the road. A study conducted in Georgia indicated that these incidents are the most likely to result in fatalities.
There were 15,927 reported head-on impacts analyzed by researchers, and those collisions led to 203 deaths. While angle-impact crashes caused 441 deaths, these impacts were also much more common, with 221,335 analyzed. As far as the percentage of crashes that end in fatalities, head-on impacts had a death rate of 2.75 percent. Angle collisions had a fatality rate of .95 percent. The least deadly type of impact was rear-end crashes, which only caused fatal injuries .23 percent of the time.
The fact that head-on impacts are so likely to result in death is not particularly surprising. These impacts carry extreme forces, and according to researchers conducting Vision Zero studies, the chances of a head-on crash leading to fatal injuries is high for vehicles traveling at just 43 miles per hour. Research would, therefore, indicate that roadways that have speed limits above 40 should be equipped with medians or barriers that make it less likely for cars to travel into oncoming traffic.
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