After a recent
rollover car accident on I-10 near Clint, one man was pronounced dead and another remains in
critical condition. El Paso County Sherriff’s representatives explained
to KFOX-14 news that a dark green truck was racing another car in the
eastbound lanes of I-10, when the truck tried to pull onto the off ramp
at the Clint exit. The accident occurred when the truck lost control and
swerved back onto the freeway, causing it to roll over several times.
Authorities indicated that the neither the driver nor the passenger were
wearing seat belts at the time. Both were thrown from the vehicle as it
rolled. The driver died on the way to the hospital, and the passenger
was left in critical condition at Del Sol medical center.
10,000 people die in rollover accidents each year. According to the National
Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) the number of serious
injuries increases 36 percent when a car rolls over in a crash. When this
happens, tremendous pressure is forced on passengers’ heads and
necks, thereby causing debilitating injuries. These are also known as
“roof crush” injuries.
Rollover accidents are most common in sport utility vehicles and other vehicles having a high center of gravity and a narrow wheelbase.
Nearly 60 percent of all rollover accident deaths occur in SUVs. As such,
the NHTSA regulations require SUVs roofs to withstand 2.5 times the vehicle’s
weight in order to protect passengers in a rollover accident.
Nevertheless, roof strength is immaterial if passengers are not wearing
seatbelts. Passengers thrown from a vehicle will be seriously injured
by hard, unforgiving surfaces; usually asphalt, concrete, or another vehicle.
People ejected from vehicles are less likely to survive an accident than
those wearing seatbelts that keep them inside the vehicle. However, faulty
seatbelts that tear or come apart during a rollover may lead to casualties.
Rollover accidents require a great deal of investigative work to determine
the cause and responsible parties. If you or a loved one has been injured
in an accident, an experienced attorney can advise you of your rights
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