Teen Tragically Dies in Fatal Crash on Interstate 85 in Anderson County, South Carolina
ANDERSON COUNTY, SC- Foxcarolina.com writes that a teen lost control of his vehicle and died in Anderson County early this week. The boy and another passenger were on their way back from a concert at the time of the accident.*
Reports indicate that the victim’s car veered off the roadway and struck a guardrail and a pole in the early afternoon. The 19-year-old driver from Charlotte died at the scene. The passenger in the vehicle only suffered minor injuries.
The police say that drugs and alcohol are not believed to be involved in the crash.
Crashes with fixed objects cause a high number of fatalities in the United States. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), about one out of every five people who die in car accidents dies in these types of crashes.
The objects most likely to be involved are trees, traffic barriers, and utility poles. The common causes of these types of crashes are the same things that lead to most car accidents- drunk drivers, speeding, tired or drowsy drivers, and distracted drivers. Everyone has been told not to drive drunk or look at their phone while driving, but the truth is that it is very difficult to change people's behavior, and most people have at some point been distracted while driving or driven somewhere when they were tired. While drivers are responsible for their actions, road design could do a lot more to reduce the number of these terrible crashes that end in fatalities.
Experts say that when possible, objects should not be located too close to roads. This is especially true for roads with high-speed limits and for curves and other places where drivers are more likely to veer off of the road.
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Source:https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/collisions-with-fixed-objects-and-animals and https://www.foxcarolina.com/news/coroner-identifies--year-old-who-died-after-car-struck/article_f38dc7e6-1533-11ea-ae74-abc5b605d25d.html