Rollover crashes are the deadliest of all types of crashes. Annually, an average of 10,000 people die from vehicle rollover accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover deaths in 2009 fell to 8,267. An estimate of 476 serious injuries is said to be prevented annually. Moreover, being ejected from the vehicle when not wearing a seatbelt attributes to a majority of rollover deaths. Almost 25% of fatal accidents are involved with vehicle ejection. Seatbelts will not reassure a 100% safety from crashes but it will minimize the impact. Some years prior to 2009, the overall rate of ejection in fatal crashes was only 2.5% for occupants who wore seatbelts compared to a whopping 29.4% for those who didn’t wear seatbelts.
In recent news, there was a two-vehicle rollover that occurred between Interstate 10 and 75th Avenue causing a temporary shutdown of both the east bound and west bound lanes (AZCentral 08/13/2011). Five people were ejected from both vehicles at 2:40 in the afternoon. These people sustained serious injuries. Further investigation will be done regarding this accident.
Rollovers are prone to happen with light vehicles and SUVs. Avoid conditions that will lead to loss of vehicle control like driving under the influence, drinking alcohol, speeding, etc. Always be careful on roads and avoid extreme steering of the wheels. Last but not the least, buckle up when out for a drive.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle ejection or a vehicle rollover accident in Arizona, there is free consultation. You may call (602) 457-6222 to talk to one of our rollover accident lawyers in Phoenix.