The World Health Organization has identified speed as a key factor in influencing auto accidents. Further, speed also plays a major factor in the severity of injuries that result from an accident. In high-income countries, speed contributes to 30% of all deaths that occur on roadways. In countries with lower incomes, that percentage is higher at 50%. Just a 1 km/h increase in speed results in a 3% higher risk of being involved in a car crash resulting in injury. Crashes with an impact speed of 80 km/h have a 20 times greater likelihood of death.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reports on a deadly accident where police believe that speed and weather conditions were a factor.
19-year-old Ethan Wootton graduated from Dekalb County’s Fire Rescue’s most recent class last month. Last Thursday night, Wootton died in a two-car wreck.
Police arrived at the scene just after 11 p.m. after they had received a 911 call regarding an auto accident involving a Toyota Avalon and a grey Lexus. Emergency responders found Wootton, who had been a passenger in the Toyota, had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the crash. The drivers of both vehicles were also injured and were transported to Atlanta Medical Center.
The accident investigation is still ongoing; however, authorities have determined that the Toyota was headed eastbound on Stone Mountain Highway. The driver changed lanes to his right to pass a line of cars. When he attempted to shift back into his lane, he lost control and passed over into oncoming traffic.
Road and weather conditions are believed to have been a factor in the accident as well as speed.
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