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NY Rollover Accident Raises Awareness of Rollover Accident Statistics

Published April 12, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Tuesday morning three men were injured in a single-car, rollover accident outside Syracuse, according to The men were traveling in a 2007 Toyota Scion on I-481 northbound north of Jamesville Road when the car ran off the road. One of the men was ejected from the vehicle. Police believe speeding may have been a factor in the accident.

A rollover automobile accident, when a vehicle overturns at least 90 degrees to its side, is one of the most dangerous and tragic types of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rollovers “are complex events that reflect the interaction of driver, road, vehicle, and environmental factors.” Victims of rollover accidents are typically either trapped within the car or are partially or fully ejected. When ejected, other vehicles that cannot stop in time for the accident, may strike the victim causing further injury, or even death.

The NHTSA also reports while rollover accidents account for just 3 percent of all vehicle crashes in the United States, they account for more than a third of accident fatalities. NHTSA statistics show 25,428 passenger vehicle occupants died in all types of vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2009, but of those deaths, 9,023 were from accidents where the vehicle rolled over. There are approximately 280,000 rollover accidents reported each year.

Due to the high profile of SUVs, minivans and trucks, drivers of these vehicles face a higher risk of rollover accidents. However, the NHTSA points out that most often rollover crashes are caused by driver behavior such as speeding or inattention. Most rollover crashes occur when a vehicle runs off the road and is tripped by a ditch, curb, soft soil, or other object causing it to roll over.

The NHTSA initiated a five-star safety rating for vehicles to provide consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles. While not part of the safety rating, the NHTSA notes that vehicles equipped with advanced technology features like electronic stability control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning have improved the safety of cars.

Even with new, sophisticated safety features in vehicles, the best way to prevent injury or death in the case of a vehicle accident is by using a proper safety restraint. The NHTSA reports that you are 25 times more likely to die if you are ejected from your vehicle because you did not use your seat belt. In addition, in one study, the NHTSA found eighty percent of the people who died in single-vehicle rollovers were not using a seat belt, and 64 percent were ejected from the vehicle.

The Binghamton car accident attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage all drivers to wear their seatbelts and to drive defensively on New York roadways. Driving is a privilege, and New York’s safety laws were put in place to keep all occupants safe while traveling our roadways. Please drive safely and follow all of New York’s driving laws.

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