A two-vehicle accident on Interstate-10 Tuesday morning, October 12, injured a woman driving a passenger vehicle that suddenly overturned three times near the Scenic Highway exit over the Escambia County Bay, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
Cynthia Ware, 45, was eastbound on an I-10 bridge when an unidentified vehicle suddenly changed lanes, pulling in front of Ware’s vehicle and forcing her to make a sharp right turn to avoid a collision. Ware then overcorrected the turn, causing her vehicle, an SUV, to overturn three times. It landed on its roof and blocked the inside lanes of the bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Rescuers were called to the scene and Ware was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital. This article says she suffered only minor injuries.
We wish her a speedy recovery from this terrifying accident.
SUV Rollover Dangers
Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declined revisiting the issue of roof-crush standards for vehicles weighing more than 6,000 pounds. Consumer safety advocates suggested the agency gauge the strength of a roof based on a dynamic or moving standard, which more closely replicates real-world rollover crashes.
NHTSA did upgrade the government safety standard for roof crush resistance in May 2009, which was the first improvement in 39 years. The 2009 revision requires a roof strength 3 times the vehicle weight for cars under 6,000 pounds, however, vehicles that weigh between 6,000 and 10,000 pounds are only required to have a roof strength 1.5 times the vehicle’s weight.
Roof crush resistance is important to minimize head injuries in a rollover accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a rollover accident and suffered any injury, the experienced Florida auto accident attorneys at Farah & Farah would like to help you recover all of the compensation to which you are entitled. Call our office for a complimentary consultation on your case.