Tragic, Fatal Accident on U.S. 421 in Guilford County, North Carolina
GUILFORD COUNTY, NC- Myfox8.com writes that three people died in an early-morning accident this week in Guilford County. The collision also injured two other individuals. The accident took place on U.S. 421 close to N.C. 62, when a 2013 Toyota rear-ended a 1992 Jeep SUV. The impact caused both vehicles to catch fire.*
Reports indicate that the Jeep slowed down because of mechanical problems. The 22-year-old driver of the Toyota failed to brake in time to avoid striking the back of the Jeep. The Toyota ended up in the roadway while the Jeep was pushed into the median.
Another vehicle, a 2005 Honda SUV driven by a 39-year-old woman from Colfax, then tried to avoid the collision but veered off the road and into the Jeep. The Honda then caught fire as well.
Three people were traveling in the Jeep at the time, and they tragically all died in the crash. The other drivers suffered injuries as well, and responders brought them to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Rear-end crashes are some of the most common car accidents on the roadway. Many of these incidents are minor fender benders that happen at intersections, but they can also be deadly. The most common causes for these crashes are speeding, following vehicles too closely, and distracted driving.
Many drivers travel too close to other vehicles without realizing that their car will take time to slow in the event of an emergency. The result can be a rear-end crash, or a chain reaction crash if multiple drivers are following too closely. At 60 miles an hour, a vehicle takes an average of 180 feet to stop. However, it also takes time for the driver to react, meaning the actual distance it will take to stop in an emergency when a car is traveling 60 miles per hour is 240 feet. Inclement weather can lead to even greater distances.
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