An Antioch rollover crash on Route 173 involving two cars and a semi-truck has sent at least three people to area hospitals.
Telephone Pole Struck in Antioch Rollover Crash
The Antioch rollover crash took place in the area of Route 173 and Redwing Parkway. On October 5, 2020, shortly after 8:00 p.m., a 16-year-old Antioch boy with an instruction permit was driving a Nissan sedan eastbound on Route 173, with an adult family member in the passenger seat. At that time, a 31-year-old man from Canada was driving a semi-truck westbound on Route 173, approaching the Nissan’s position. The Nissan then attempted to turn north onto Redwing Parkway. In making the turn, it failed to yield to the semi-truck, which collided with the Nissan.
The force of the collision pushed the Nissan back into the eastbound lane of Route 173, where it struck a Jeep driven by a 35-year-old Round Lake man. The impact caused the Jeep to leave the roadway. The Jeep rolled over on its side as it went into a ditch, then struck a telephone pole.
The Antioch Police Department and Antioch Fire Department reported to the scene of the Antioch rollover crash at around 8:21 p.m. Firefighters needed to extricate the Jeep’s driver from his vehicle. Three people involved in the incident were reportedly transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
The roadway was closed for approximately two hours to allow for cleanup and investigation of the Antioch rollover crash.
Rollover Crashes Dangerous, Often Fatal
While no serious injuries seemed to have resulted from the Antioch rollover crash, incidents like these often have much worse outcomes for those involved. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 33 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities in the United States occur in passenger vehicles involved in rollover crashes.
- More than 10,000 people die in rollover accidents each year.
- 7 percent of occupants die in rollover crashes versus 0.2 percent who die in vehicles that do not roll over.
- Over 15,000 drivers are ejected from their vehicles in rollover accidents annually.
- More than 200,000 vehicle occupants suffer serious injuries in rollover crashes per year.
What Causes Rollover Crashes?
While any vehicle has the potential to roll over, there are typically a number of factors involved in most rollover accidents. These factors may include:
- External Triggers – The majority of rollovers are caused by external triggers, known as “trips,” such as striking a soft shoulder on a country road or veering to avoid a pothole.
- Excessive Speed – High speeds make rollovers more likely, particularly if the vehicle is taller, negotiating obstacles, or taking a curve. An estimated 40 percent of deadly rollovers involve speeding.
- Vehicle Design – Light trucks and SUVs both have a higher center of gravity than cars, so they are more likely to roll over. Additionally, a lack of restraints and an insufficiently reinforced roof may make the impact of a rollover significantly worse, with the NHTSA estimating that roof collapses during rollovers kill about 600 people in the United States each year.
- Tire Defects – Either too much or too little tire grip can lead to rollovers, though too much grip is more frequently the cause of these types of accidents. Defective or malformed tires can also increase the chances of a rollover.
Car Accident Lawyers Helping Rollover Crash Victims
If you are the innocent victim of a rollover crash and wish to seek full and fair compensation for your injuries, you might soon find yourself grappling with large insurance companies who will do everything in their power to minimize their financial exposure. To help increase the odds in your favor, consider doing what other rollover crash victims before you have done and reach out to the dedicated car accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
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