Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Two Killed in Tragic Rollover Accident
The Nevada Highway Patrol confirmed that two people died Monday night when a semitrailer truck rolled onto their 2006 Nissan sedan. The accident occurred around 8:35 p.m. in a southbound lane, killing both the driver and the passenger of the sedan. The Highway Patrol believes that the impact of the initial collision was so strong that both vehicles were hurled through the air until they came to rest at the St. Rose ramp.
The Nissan was so badly damaged that rescue crews were unsure if there were any other victims inside the vehicle. The truck driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. The Nevada Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the fatal accident, and warned that several lanes would be shut down for multiple hours.
The Dangers of Vehicle Rollovers
Rollover accidents are one of the most deadly types of collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 280,000 rollover accidents occur annually, and typically cause approximately 10,000 fatalities each year. In 2008, a study showed that 35.7% of all fatal SUV crashes resulted in a rollover, and 15.8% of all fatal passenger car accidents were the result of vehicle rollovers. Another study showed that in three out of every four fatal rollover accidents the victims were physically ejected from the vehicles.
Vehicle manufacturers are working hard to minimize the dangers of vehicle accidents. Manufacturers of SUVs and other top-heavy vehicles are working to improve the weight distribution on taller vehicles to minimize the likelihood of rollovers.
You can learn more about these dangerous collisions by visiting the Rollover Accidents page on our website. If you or a loved one was harmed in a car accident caused by a negligent driver in Las Vegas, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney at De Castroverde Law Group to learn about your legal rights!