Greenville, SC- No car crash is good, but some are much worse than others in terms of how lethal they are. Any traffic accident has the potential to be fatal, but head-on collisions are among the deadliest crashes from motorists in South Carolina and U.S. overall. That sad fact is demonstrated by a recent crash in the Greenville area which left three people dead and another suffering significant injury.
Head-on Crash in Greenville Area
The crash occurred on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, on SC 11 around 6:10 p.m. According to Fox Carolina, a 51-year-old man driving a Chevy was traveling south on the highway when crossed over into the northbound lanes and struck car head-on.
The occupants of the Toyota, a 52-year-old man, and his 20-year-old daughter died from their injuries. A third passenger, the driver’s wife, survived the crash and was taken to the hospital. The extent of her injuries is not known, according to WSPA.
The driver of the Chevy was also killed.
Police are still investigating the crash and have not identified a cause.
Why Are Head-on Crashes Lethal?
According to 2015 data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, frontal impact crashes were responsible for 54 percent of fatal car crashes. That’s significantly more than side-impact crashes which account for 25 percent of deadly collisions.
Speed makes head-on crashes especially lethal because the impact is significantly greater, causing the victim to suffer potentially deadly or catastrophic injuries.
A lot of force is exerted when two vehicles collide, but when one is head-on, the victims take the brunt of the impact. In frontal impact crashes, the front ends are often crushed and the engine can be pushed into the passenger area. Seat belts can minimize a passenger’s injuries and prevent them from being ejected.
Typical injuries resulting from head-on crashes include:
Broken bones including
Neck, spine or spinal cord injuries
Which Careless Actions Cause Head-on Collisions?
Like any traffic wreck, a head-on collision can have a variety of causes. Those causes include:
Confusion about highway signs
Texting and driving
Falling asleep at the wheel
Drunken or drugged driving
Poor night vision or reduced visibility
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