Fatal Rollover Accident Shuts Down Freeway

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A fatal rollover car accident in East Valley shut down westbound lanes of U.S. 60 during the morning rush hour.

Rollover Car Accident

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a westbound car rolled over at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Someone was ejected from the vehicle. The freeway had to be shut down for hours for investigators.

The Dangers of Rollover Car Accidents

Rollover accidents cause more fatalities than any other form of car accidents. More than 10,000 people yearly are killed in rollover car accidents. They can also be caused by numerous reasons.

Reasons for Rollover Car Accidents

Reasons for rollover car accidents include:

  • Vehicle type. Though all types of cars can rollover, taller and narrower vehicles with higher centers of gravity are more susceptible to rollovers during a single-vehicle accident. These cars include: SUVs, pickups, and vans.
  • Speed. Almost 40% of fatal rollover accidents involved excessive speed.
  • Alcohol. Almost half of all fatal rollover accidents involved alcohol.
  • Location. Almost 3/4 of fatal rollover accidents occur in rural areas. This is due to the fact that rural roads are often undivided and have no barriers.
  • Routine driving. Over 90% of fatal rollover car accidents are single-vehicle accidents that involve routine driving maneuvers like going straight or rounding a curve. The reason behind the accidents are most likely to blame on distraction.

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