Tragic Crash Reported on US 17 A in Goose Creek, South Carolina (SC)
GOOSE CREEK, SC- Counton2.com writes that a deadly crash occurred this week in Goose Creek. The afternoon wreck happened on US 17A when a GMC Yukon and 2019 BMW collided head-on. Reports state that the GMC traveled over the centerline in the road and struck the BMW head-on. The woman in the BMW, a 45-year-old from Moncks Corner, died at the scene.*
The victim's husband also suffered severe injuries in the collision and was rushed to the hospital.
Reports state that a 51-year-old woman was driving the Yukon and that two small children were in that car as well. All three also suffered injuries in the crash and were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Charges are now pending against the driver.
When it comes to head-on crashes, the results are often deadly. Studies indicate that if two cars are traveling 43 miles per hour at the time of the impact, the risk of a fatality is more likely than not. It is worth noting that those numbers do not account for the possibility of the occupants not using their seatbelts or driving in unsafe cars with no airbags. If you are wondering whether your car, with its five-star frontal crash rating, will put you in a better position, the answer is, unfortunately, probably not.
Crash tests to determine frontal crashworthiness are typically performed at about 40 miles per hour, and only involve impacts between similarly sized vehicles. If you are in a crash at 45 miles per hour, and driving a Prius, and run head-on into an Escalade, most crash tests will not be representative of the type of impact you are likely to experience.
The issue is not that car manufacturers do not want to build cars that would protect occupants more effectively. The issue is that doing so has proven extremely challenging for the industry.
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