Automotive safety has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few decades. These days, even serious auto accidents may not cause injuries to the occupants of the vehicles because of the safety features which are found in modern cars and trucks.
But when it comes to rollover accidents, injuries and fatalities tend to be more common. That’s because most of the auto safety improvements are not designed to safeguard occupants when a vehicle is rolling over.Within the past week, two different rollover accidents in Illinois resulted in injuries to both the driver and a passenger. This weekend in Stephenson County, a Mercury Mariner rolled over a couple miles south of Freeport. Just after 5:15pm on Saturday evening, the sport utility vehicle ran over a patch of ice on South Park Road near the intersection with West Prairie Road. The driver lost control of the SUV, which flipped several times and wound up in a field. The 24-year old passenger, a Freeport man, was ejected from the Mariner and suffered critical injuries. The 19-year old Wisconsin man who was driving also had to be transported to a hospital. Authorities say that speed was also a factor in the crash.Then on Tuesday, another rollover accident left a pair or people hurt in Chicago. Just before 11:45am, a car was traveling on South Lake Park Avenue near East 55th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood of the city’s South Side when it flipped over. One occupant was rushed to the hospital in serious condition, while the other was listed in fair condition at a different facility. Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what caused the crash.In both cases, it appears that the drivers of the cars will be held responsible for their passengers’ injuries. As a result, it’s very possible that the drivers could be named as defendants in future personal injury lawsuits filed by the passengers.