Rollovers are among the most dangerous types of vehicle crashes because of a high incidence of occupant ejection and head injury. Rollover crashes account for approximately half of all single-vehicles as compared to multi-vehicle crashes. It is even 36% higher than those crashes with no rollovers. According to the FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), a total of 8,296 or 35% of passenger vehicle occupants died in rollover crashes in 2009. More than 90% of rollover crashes of passenger vehicles are single types.
In recent news, a single-vehicle rollover caused an accident involving seven people on Loop 101, near
U.S. 60, with one dead, AZCentral reports Friday afternoon. Five adults and two teenagers were in the vehicle, five of which were ejected and the remaining two had to be extricated. Officials say the one who died was 40 years old while the other six survived without life-threatening injuries. The accident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of his vehicle. The Arizona Police Department suspects it was tire failure that caused the accident. The northbound lanes were temporarily closed but were reopened at 3 p.m. the same day.
Factors that may also contribute to these rollover crashes would be reckless driving behavior, poor road design and vehicle type, with SUVs and light pickup trucks being the most prone to these type of crashes. Buyers should be always aware of the pros and cons of choosing a car to purchase.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a rollover accident in Arizona, you may call our rollover accident attorneys in Phoenix for a free consultation at (602) 389-2463.