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Tragic Crash Kills Woman on County Road 183 in Walton, Florida


February 05, 2020

WALTON, FL- Nwfdaily.com writes that a 42-year-old woman died in an early-morning crash this week in Walton. The victim was traveling southbound on County Road 183 when she veered off the roadway and struck a sign before colliding with a tree.*

Police stated that the woman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The victim died at the scene of the accident. Reports confirmed that the incident did not involve any other vehicles. Single-vehicle crashes kill thousands of people every year in the United States. Common causes for these incidents include drunk drivers, drowsy drivers, and inattentive drivers. 

In any type of crash, the risk of sustaining fatal injuries increases when occupants fail to buckle up. Seatbelt usage rates nationally are above 90 percent. In 2017, buckling up saved an estimated 14,955 people’s lives, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If all motorists had used their seatbelts, another 2,549 people’s lives could have been spared that year. 

The NHTSA reminds drivers that failing to use a seatbelt renders airbags ineffective, and can even turn these life-saving devices into something that can injure or even kill occupants. Airbags are designed to deploy where a properly restrained occupant should be after a crash and cannot account for where an unbuckled person is shifted to in an impact. Using a seatbelt also reduces a person’s chances of being thrown from a car, which often leads to fatal results. Seatbelts are the best bet occupants have when it comes to protecting themselves on the road. Even a cautious driver cannot avoid sharing the roadway with other aggressive, impaired, or inattentive motorists. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20200130/woman-dies-in-single-vehicle-walton-crash and https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/collisions-with-fixed-objects-and-animals and https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts


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