Woman Dies in Tragic Head-On Collision in Buffalo, South Carolina (SC)
BUFFALO, SC- Wyff4.com writes that a head-on crash in Buffalo killed one person this week. The victim was a 79-year-old from Buffalo. The incident took place in the early afternoon on Highway 215, close to Fairforest Heights.*
A vehicle was heading northbound in a 2007 Pontiac sedan when a 2018 BMW sedan crossed the center line leading to a head-on wreck. The impact left the victim trapped inside of her car. Responders then rushed the woman to the Union Medical Center, where she died from her injuries. Reports indicate that the driver in the BMW was not injured in the crash. Police are still investigating the deadly incident.
Head-on impacts are severe and create a high risk of injury and death. In fact, cars need not be traveling at high rates of speed for one of these incidents to turn tragic. Studies show that at 43 miles per hour, there is a large chance of being killed in a head-on wreck.
When it comes to avoiding death caused by a head-on collision, experts say one of the best moves is to slow down. Driving at slower speeds will reduce the intensity of the impact and could mean the difference between life and death.
Safety advocates also point out that there are many roads where the speed limit exceeds 40 miles per hour, but where there is no traffic barrier or median in place to prevent cars from simply drifting into oncoming vehicles.
While cars are becoming safer all the time, it is important to note that even frontal crash tests only rate a vehicle’s performance in a head-on crash at 40 miles per hour. Making cars that are able to better protect occupants at higher speeds has proved difficult.
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