STATEN ISLAND, NY- On Saturday, silive.com reported that a woman was driving a silver Saturn on Forest Hill Road in New Springdale when her vehicle collided with a gray Lexus causing her car to flip. The driver of the Saturn was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital and is reportedly in critical condition.
The driver of the Lexus said that the Saturn was smoking after the accident. The passenger in the Lexus said that the driver of the Saturn was conscious following the crash.
Rollovers are a frightening type of car accident. While only 3% of serious crashes involve a vehicle rollover, 30% of traffic collision-related deaths occur in rollover accidents. While any car can roll over, some vehicles are much more likely than others. The taller and narrower a car is, the more likely it is to flip. Because of this, sports utility vehicles (SUV), Pickup trucks and vans tend to roll over more easily than cars.
There are ways of preventing rollovers and reducing risks of injuries in the event that one occurs. Newer vehicles tend to have more safety features making them a better choice where possible. Be sure to maintain the tire pressure and ensure that the vehicle’s tires are in good shape. Avoid speeding as high speeds increase the chances of a rollover. Country roads where speed limits are typically 55 miles per hour are particularly hazardous. Nearly 75% of fatal rollovers happen on these rural roads.
Finally, always remember to wear your safety belt. People who fail to buckle up can often be ejected from a vehicle in a rollover. About 75% of people who are thrown from a car in an accident are killed.