The rollover of a Ford Explorer took the life of a man on Sunday, November 21, at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Otis Stone Hunter Road in Daytona, reports First Coast News. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) states the Ford Explorer was northbound around 2 a.m. when it suddenly left the road onto an unpaved shoulder at which time the driver then over-corrected the Ford and it rolled several times. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the Florida car crash and his passenger was taken to a Daytona Beach hospital with critical injuries. FHP officials took blood tests at the time to help determine why the vehicle might have left the road in the first place.
SUV Rollover Accidents
While we don’t know the year of this Ford Explorer, in May 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) upgraded the standard for roof strength, which is important to the vehicle’s occupants during a rollover so their heads are protected. These were the most widespread changes in 38 years. Vehicles weighing in at 6,000 pounds and less have to be able to withstand a roof crush standard three times their weight. Heavier vehicles between 6,000 to 10,000 pounds only will be required to withstand a crush weight of 1.5 times the vehicle’s weight.
The tougher roof strength standard, which will be phased in between 2012 and 2026, are predicted to save 13 to 44 lives a year at a minimum. Ten-thousand people die every year in rollover accidents, and about a quarter of occupant deaths in motor vehicles involve rollovers. For SUVs that number jumps to 59 percent.
The Florida SUV rollover accident lawyers at Farah & Farah are up-to-date on the standards required for vehicles concerning rollover safety. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida SUV rollover crash, we can offer advice that is complimentary and comprehensive to get you started on the road to recovery and obtaining compensation.