Side-Impact Crash Kills One in Dania Beach, Florida (FL)
DANIA BEACH, FL- Usnews.com writes that a woman in Florida was killed this week in a side-impact wreck. The incident took place in the evening at an intersection in Dania Beach. The victim was identified as a 69-year-old woman.*
The woman was traveling east when a southbound car struck the side of her vehicle. A driver and a passenger in the other vehicle suffered injuries in the impact as well. The victim and the two injured individuals were all transported to the hospital with injuries. Sadly, the woman later died. The report did not indicate which of the vehicles had the right-of-way at the time of the collision. Charges have not yet been filed in response to the wreck.
Side-impact crashes were the cause of 23 percent of car accident fatalities in the United States in 2018. Cars are about to be put to the test for higher side-impact safety standards. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) started performing side-impact tests on cars in 2003. Manufacturers worked to meet the standards of those tests, but over time it appears that the tests are now too easy to pass and do not accurately indicate whether a car will protect occupants on the road under real-world crash scenarios.
The tests will now include increased speed of impact, and a heavier object ramming the vehicles in the tests. The speed will increase from 31 to 37 miles per hour. The weight of the object used to ram the car will now be 4,200 pounds, which is intended to represent the size of the average 2019 SUV sold in the United States.
While the increases may seem modest, together, the added speed and weight make for an 82 percent rise in energy as compared to the 2003 testing standards.
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