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Two-Vehicle Collision Tragically Kills One in Walton County, Florida

March 21, 2020

WALTON COUNTY, FL- writes that a man died in a crash over the weekend in Walton County. According to police, the victim was a 57-year-old man from Dothan.*

The accident occurred overnight when a 2008 Buick Enclave crossed the center line on State Road 81 close to the intersection of Substation Road and collided head-on with a Mercedes SL500. The impact caused the Mercedes to ignite, and the driver of that vehicle died at the scene. 

The man operating the Buick has been identified as a 39-year-old man from DeFuniak Springs. The surviving driver sustained severe injuries and was transported to the Fort Walton Medical Center via airlift. 

Reports indicate that both of the motorists were using their seatbelts at the time of the tragic crash. 

In cases of high-speed car crashes, the impact on the body is violent. When a car is traveling, it has kinetic energy by nature of its movement. When the driver applies the brakes, the energy will gradually dissipate. In a crash, there is no time for the energy to become heat in the brakes of the car. Instead, the vehicle will absorb some of the energy, but at some point, the people in the car will be a victim to the forces as well. 

The seatbelt against the body can potentially lead to a broken collar bone, and in more severe instances, broken ribs. At high speeds, the victims’ ribcages collapse in and can crush the people’s lungs. 

The best way to reduce the risks to your safety and to the safety of others in your vehicle is to slow down. Speed plays a major role in the severity of a crash and resulting injuries. 

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