Fairfield Rollover Collision
I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield personal injury lawyer. On June 8, 2017, an accident along Interstate 80 in Fairfield that was caused in part by wet roads contributed to major early morning traffic and may have resulted in traumatic injuries.
According to reports from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the car accident happened just before 6:42 a.m. during morning commute hours and occurred on the westbound side of Interstate 80. The site of the collision was only a short distance west of the exit at Travis Boulevard in Fairfield.
According to CHP, the collision did involve multiple vehicles and caused one vehicle to overturn. Witnesses of the car accident reported that at least one person involved in the crash was rushed to a hospital by ambulance for treatment.
Further information about the injuries of those involved in the accident has not yet been released.
CHP reported that the accident blocked four of the five lanes of the westbound portion of the highway. Reports from local news stations indicate that the accident caused heavy slowdowns for those commuting to the Bay Area for work on Thursday morning.
While reports indicated that the accident was at least partly due to the wetness of the road, the speed at which the overturned vehicle was traveling may also have been a factor. CHP did not report whether or not they believe DUI to have been a factor in the accident and the collision remains under investigation.
According to safercar.gov, a website funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), accidents involving rollovers are especially dangerous and involve fatalities more often than other types of vehicle accidents. Data indicates that almost 35 percent of all fatalities from passenger vehicle collisions were caused by rollover accidents while only about 2 percent of reported collisions involve rollovers. Additionally, the NHTSA reports that the majority of people killed in rollover collisions were not wearing seatbelts.
Watch Youtube Video – Rollover Crash – No Seatbelt. The video below, captured by dashcam, shows how a human body reacts during a rollover. Warning: Some viewers may find this video disturbing.
Types of Rollovers
NHTSA’s data shows that about 95 percent of solo-vehicle rollover collisions are tripped rollovers. Tripped rollovers occur when a vehicle exits the road and begins to slide sideways. While sliding, the vehicle will dig its tires into soft soil or strike an object like a guardrail or curb. The force of the collision with the tires is what causes the vehicle to overturn.
Untripped rollover accidents are less common and usually occur when top-heavy vehicles attempt to make unsafe turning maneuvers. The center of gravity of the vehicle is shifted to the side, causing the vehicle to turn over.
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Fairfield Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer
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