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Woman Killed in Car Crash in Palmetto, Florida


March 21, 2020

PALMETTO, FL- The miamiherald.com writes that a collision killed one woman overnight, leading to delays during the early morning rush hour on the Palmetto Expressway. The crash marked the second day in a row where traffic on the Expressway was slow due to a deadly collision.*

The victim was identified as a 28-year-old woman. Reports indicate that she died at the scene. The young woman was traveling in a Mazda and was heading the wrong direction in the eastbound traffic lanes. The vehicle collided with a Dodge pickup truck head-on, causing the pickup truck to overturn. The driver in the Dodge survived the collision with injuries, and responders transported him to the Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment. The day prior to this deadly crash, three people in their twenties died in a crash on Palmetto at the Northwest 58th Street Exit. 

Head-on collisions are often deadly. When these crashes occur at high speeds, the risk of death is significant. In fact, the likelihood of dying in a head-on impact is high at just 43 miles per hour. This remains true even for people using seatbelts and airbags. While cars are designed to absorb forces through the use of crumple zones and other features, after a certain speed, the protective features on a car are not enough to prevent deadly injuries. 

Once cars are traveling above 43 miles per hour, there is a high chance of internal injuries. While manufacturers would like to make cars that are better at protecting occupants in these types of wrecks, doing so is exceedingly difficult. Front end crash tests are only performed at up to 40 miles per hour for this reason. 

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://amp.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-lakes/article241022201.html and https://www.thecarcrashdetective.com/how-to-survive-a-head-on-collision-slow-down-to-below-43mph/


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