Three Vehicle Collision Tragically Kills One in Chesnee, Alabama
CHESNEE, AL- Goupstate.com writes that three vehicles were involved in a wreck in Chesnee this week. One of the individuals involved in the crash died at the scene. The victim was identified as a 21-year-old man.*
The incident occurred in the mid-afternoon at the intersection of South Alabama Avenue and Cartee Drive. A northbound car traveled into oncoming traffic and collided with a southbound vehicle before striking another car head-on. The victim reportedly was not using a seatbelt at the time of the incident. The occupants of the other two cars were both restrained, and one of the drivers suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital. The crash is still under investigation.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) writes that in 2017, 14,955 people's lives were saved by seatbelts. Using a lap and shoulder seatbelt lowers the risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent for people in the front seat of cars, and by 60 percent for those traveling in the front seat of SUVs.
If everyone involved in a crash in 2017 had been using their seatbelt, estimates indicate that about 2,456 people who died in crashes would have survived. Seatbelts protect people from vehicle ejections and from striking objects inside of the car. Restraints can spread the force of a crash to the strongest parts of the body, including the pelvis, ribs, and shoulders. Not only does not wearing a seatbelt put the untrained individual at risk, but it also can cause that person to become a dangerous projectile who could harm others in the vehicle. Unbelted occupants increase the risk of death or injury of others in the car by about 40 percent.
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