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Rochester SUV Rollover Sends Two to Hospital

Published March 19, 2013 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Any motor vehicle can be in a rollover crash – but sport utility vehicles are especially dangerous.

SUVs are involved in 37 percent of all fatal rollovers in New York and nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This compares to a 15 percent rollover rate for passenger cars.

A case in point: a Rochester driver rolled his SUV into the side of a house on March 9, injuring two passengers. He was fleeing from a police DWI checkpoint just after midnight on Saturday when the crash occurred. Afterwards, he was apprehended and charged with multiple crimes.

Occupants in SUV rollovers are more likely to be injured or killed than in rollovers of other types of vehicles. The risk increases dramatically if they are not wearing seatbelts or restraints.

This is from the Democrat and Chronicle:

[The driver] is accused of driving a sport utility vehicle off the road, shearing off a utility pole and striking a house at 760 North Street. The SUV also hit a parked car before flipping and coming to a rest on its roof. [O]fficers were on a DWI patrol Saturday and attempted to stop the SUV. [The driver] and two teenage boys were removed from the SUV by firefighters. All three were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The two injured passengers were both teenagers, ages18 and 17. They were listed in guarded condition at the hospital.

The SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred, officers said.

The driver was charged with second-degree assault, reckless driving, speeding, failure to yield the right of way and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The rate of rollover accident deaths per 100,000 SUVs on the road was 17.71, according to the NHTSA. For pickup trucks, the rate was 16.24.

Both of these death rates are twice that of passenger cars.


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