Beehive State Hit by Rash of Rollover Crashes
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Any kind of motor vehicle crash is unwelcome, but Utah seems to have been experiencing a spike in a particular kind of crash recently: rollovers. At least, that’s something we’ve noticed in the news coverage, with several high-profile rollovers getting attention over the past month or so.
The first of the recent crashes to come to our attention happened on April 22 when a twenty-nine-year-old rolled his vehicle on I-15 near Kanarraville. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected during the crash and died at the scene.
A week after that, a truly tragic rollover took the lives of three men on their way back from a camping trip. On Saturday, April 29, the driver of that vehicle lost control on SR-18 near St. George and rolled during the crash. The driver and two of the three passengers, none wearing seat belts, were ejected. Two died at the scene, while the other succumbed later at a hospital. A fourth occupant, who was restrained, survived the crash with minor injuries.
That same day, a police officer pursuing a suspect on I-15 rolled his cruiser in Sandy. The officer suffered only minor injuries and, as far as we know, the suspect has not yet been apprehended.
Last Monday, May 15, a twenty-six-year-old Salt Lake City man was killed when his SUV rolled over on I-70 near Green River. His was the only vehicle involved, and it appeared that the crash was the result of first drifting to one side of the highway and then overcorrecting and too quickly veering to the other side, where the driver lost control. A passenger in the vehicle was injured and transported to a hospital. In this case, both occupants were wearing seat belts, which may have saved a life. In rollover crashes, especially at higher speeds, death is often caused when vehicle occupants are ejected during the crash.
On the morning of May 17, at the intersection of State Street and 7500 South in Midvale, a three car collision which included a rollover sent two women to the hospital in critical condition and left two or three other motorists with less severe injuries. Photos from the scene show one vehicle a total wreck, and the extent of the damage has probably left everyone involved feeling fortunate that no one was killed.
This list is far from complete: A truck driver died on April 26 when a sudden maneuver caused his load to shift and the vehicle rolled. An Ogden man was killed in a rollover on May 5. We know of at least three fatal rollovers in Utah in March, and three more in February.
Many of the incidents we’ve described here were single-vehicle crashes, but some of them were caused by other drivers. When you’ve been injured or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a rollover crash—or in any other automobile accident caused by another driver—it’s important to collect compensation from the responsible parties to cover the expenses needed to recover.
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