Young Woman from Princeton Killed in Car Accident in Bureau County, Illinois

BUREAU COUNTY, IL- The reports that a 23-year-old woman from Princeton died in a head-on collision on August 17, 2018. Emergency responders were called to the site ofthe crash at about 2:23 p.m.

A 49-year-old man was traveling west on U.S. 6, andthe woman was eastbound. Reports indicate that the woman drifted over the median after losing control of her vehicle. The vehicles hit one another head-on. The woman was pronounced dead at the site of the crash, andthe man was taken to the Perry Memorial Hospital.

The crash is still under investigation.

Head-on collisions are extremely dangerous because they involve two vehicles striking one another with great force. Part of the issue is a matter of physics. When two cars traveling 40 miles per hour hit one another, the force is not double, but four times as great as if one of those vehicles hit a stationary object while traveling at 40 miles per hour. Because of this, the chances of head-on collisions being fatal is quite high compared to many other types of car accidents.

Unfortunately, it is often very easy for drivers to get into head-on collisions on many roadways. Research performed on head-on collision risk factors indicates that road design can be a major contributing factor. When two vehicles are traveling at one another above 43 miles per hour, the chances of the vehicle occupants surviving drops drastically. Based on this information, a driver who wishes to reduce their chances of dying in a head-on collision can avoid driving on any roads that have a speed limit of more than 40 miles per hour unless those roads have some form of median preventing cars from drifting into oncoming traffic. Governments should take this information into account when they design roads and set speed limits.

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