Head-On Crash Kills Driver on State Route 50 in Tennessee
TENNESSEE - Newschannel5.com writes that a two-vehicle crash killed a man on State Route 50 in Marshall County early this week. The crash occurred during the morning when one of the drivers drifted across the centerline where his vehicle struck the other car head-on.*
One of the involved drivers died in the collision, and the other is reportedly in critical condition.
Most people think of head-on collisions as straight contact between two vehicles. In reality, many of these crashes involve vehicles hitting one another at an off-set. The contact might involve just the left front of both cars. This is often a worse scenario than if the cars hit one another straight on. Over the years, manufacturers worked to create safer vehicles that can withstand substantial impacts on their fronts. These cars have crumple zones that crash in a specific way to absorb the impact and protect the people in the vehicle.
When a car is involved in an off-set head-on collision, the impact will not be absorbed as effectively as if the vehicles hit one another front and center. The ability of the car to absorb the force is thereby hindered.
Another issue with these crashes is that they can send vehicles into a spin. When this occurs, the occupants are flung to the side where their head or body might come in contact with a door, window, or center console rather than the airbag. The ability of the vehicle's airbags to protect occupants may, therefore, be compromised, leading to severe head injuries and possible internal organ damage.
While manufacturers are working to protect occupants in these crashes by including side airbags and other safety features, the best bet is to try to avoid these crashes by remaining alert at the wheel.
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