According to the report, the 16-year-old driver lost control of a Toyota SR5 on a curve and the vehicle left the roadway and rolled.
The 16-year-old driver and a 22-year-old and a 21-year-old passenger were taken to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton with undisclosed injuries.
We hope all three of these young people recover quickly.
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
Rollover car accidents are one of the most deadly types of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 10,000 people are killed in rollover accidents every year. In fact, more than half of people killed in single car accident are killed as a result of a rollover accident.
Some common causes of rollover accidents include:
- Driver inexperience
- Driver hits something — a trip — that causes it to roll. A trip can include a curb, median, guardrail, ditch or uneven ground. If a car veers off the roadway due to driver inattention, driver falling asleep, speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol, the car might hit a trip and flip.
- Driving recklessly — a driver who is speeding and driving recklessly may cause their vehicle to roll.
- Driver overcorrects — in cases where a driver falls asleep or loses control of their vehicle due to inattention, they sometimes grab the wheel and overcorrect when they realize their vehicle is drifting out of their lane. In these cases, the over correction can cause the vehicle to go off the road and flip.
- Driver in SUV or top-heavy vehicle — in the past SUV’s were unstable and inexperienced drivers could flip them when they made sudden moves or hit a trip because of the vehicle being top heavy. In the past, nearly 60% of SUV accidents were of the rollover type. Equipping SUVs with electronic stability control (ESC) has dropped this incidence dramatically.
- Vehicle is heavily weighed down — vehicles that carry a lot of weight on top of the car or in the car can change the center of gravity and increase the risk of a rollover car accident.
Improvement in Car Designs
Vehicles are now integrating safety features which reduce rollover accidents and protect the occupants of the vehicle in case of a rollover.
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) has reduced rollover accidents, especially single vehicle accidents.
- Side curtain air bags protect the vehicle occupants.
- Stronger roofs which resist crushing provides a a survivable space in the event of a rollover accident.
- Seatbelts keep passengers from being thrown out of the vehicle in a rollover accident.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in rollover car accidents and the family of those killed.