Woman Tragically Killed in Accident in McCormick County, South Carolina
MCCORMICK COUNTY, SC- Wrdw.com writes that a 68-year-old woman died in a wreck that took place late last week in McCormick County. The victim was traveling eastbound on Highway 78 when a driver going the opposite direction veering into the woman's vehicle head-on.*
The victim tragically died at the scene from blunt force trauma to the chest. Only about two percent of all car crashes are head-on collisions, and yet these devastating crashes are the cause of about ten percent of all crash-related fatalities. Seatbelts and airbags have significantly reduced the risk of death in car accidents, including in head-on collisions, but with the massive forces at play, even these safety features often fall short.
According to experts, if you want to avoid dying in a head-on car accident, your best bet is to slow down. Traveling at more than 43 miles per hour puts everyone in the vehicle at risk in a head-on crash. Studies conducted as part of a Vision Zero traffic safety initiative looked into the force the human body can take in ideal circumstances. According to the findings, those traveling in well-designed, safe vehicles who are also using their seatbelts, can only expect to survive the forces involved in a head-on collision where the cars are moving no faster than 43 miles per hour.
Despite expert knowledge that head-on collisions are likely deadly for people traveling above 43 miles per hour, many of our roads are still designed so that vehicles can travel at speeds higher than this without any median or barrier in place to protect traffic from drifting into the oncoming vehicles. Safety advocates say it is best to avoid these roads altogether.
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