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Man Dies in Tragic Head-On Collision in Bay County, Florida

January 15, 2020

BAY COUNTY, FL- writes that the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that took the life of a 62-year-old man from Altha. The collision occurred on US 231 when the victim, traveling in a Toyota pickup truck, was driving southbound in the northbound lanes. The Toyota struck a Kia Sedona minivan head-on. The pickup truck spun out on impact and landed on its side in the median.*

The victim died from his injuries, and the five people in the Sedona all sustained injuries. Police are still investigating the crash. It is unclear why the victim was traveling the wrong direction on the highway. 

Head-on collisions are some of the dangerous crashes on the road. These accidents have a high rate of fatalities and can be lethal even when the vehicles are traveling at relatively low rates of speed. 

Crash tests that gauge the performance of vehicles in head-on collisions only test at speeds of around 40 miles per hour, with similarly sized vehicles and occupants who are buckled up. A strong safety rating will go to a vehicle that performs well under this set of circumstances, even though at higher speeds, the chances of death are significant. In reality, protecting occupants in a head-on collision at speeds above 43 miles per hour is difficult because of the incredible forces involved. 

In many cases, head-on collisions will occur at an offset because one or both drivers will attempt to swerve away from the oncoming vehicle. This can lead to a car spinning and, in some instances, deadlier outcomes. When a vehicle spins, the forces will push occupants to the side, potentially causing them to miss the airbags and strike their heads on hard objects. 

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