Crash Results in Multiple Injuries on Long Beach Road in Southport, North Carolina (NC)
SOUTHPORT, NC- Wwaytv3.com writes that a head-on collision took place this week in Southport. Multiple people were injured in the crash. Officials warned drivers to avoid the area and to expect delays on Long Beach Road and Faith Boulevard. No information regarding the number of victims or their identities is available at this time. *
Head-on collisions can occur in the blink of an eye. If a road does not have a center divider or barrier, there is a high risk of cars drifting across the centerline and entering oncoming traffic. In the United States, these crashes account for just two percent of all collisions. And yet, ten percent of people killed in car crashes died in head-on impacts. Traffic barriers are one way that road designers try to prevent head-on collisions from taking place on American roads.
Studies indicate that frontal impacts are deadly at relatively modest speeds. One study suggests that head-on crashes are likely to cause deadly injuries when they involved vehicles are traveling at just 43 mph. While many interstates and highways include median barriers design to provide head-on crashes, many smaller roads throughout the nation have speed limits and access of 40 mph and yet do not have barriers in place to prevent cars from drifting across the centerline.
Experts suggest that drivers who wish to avoid being in a fatal head-on crash stay off of roads with higher speed limits unless opposite traveling means of traffic are divided by a barrier. In some rare cases, even barriers are not enough to prevent head-on crashes. Collisions referred to as wrong-way crashes are those that occur any divided highway. These crashes often involve high-speed head-on impacts. Fortunately, drivers rarely enter these roads traveling against the flow of traffic. About 300 to 400 people die every year in wrong-way crashes.
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