Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents: Deaths In SUV Crash in Eagle Rock

By Law Offices of Elia J. Castranova posted in fatal motor vehicle accidents on Monday, August 20, 2012

A fatal motor vehicle accident occurred on August 12, 2012, in which three people were killed and three injured when a SUV flew off the side of the 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock, California. The SUV was traveling at an excessive speed when it plunged off the fast lane and landed on the street below. Five passengers were trapped in the Ford Expedition and a 6 year old girl was thrown from the vehicle onto the freeway. She was taken to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, CHP officials said. The three dead were a man, a woman and an 11 year old girl. Two others, a 55 year old man and a 36 year old woman were in critical condition. The man and woman who died, were able to briefly speak to CHP Officer J. Knill before they expired at the scene.

This car accident underscores the increased danger posed to operators and occupants of SUVs.  While a National Consumer Survey found that almost half of Americans believe that they are safer in a sport utility vehicle, this is not true. For example, in a study on fatal motor vehicle accidents, SUVs had the highest occupant fatality rate of any vehicle type in rollover accidents (Insurance Information Institute). In addition, nearly half of those surveyed felt more powerful when the were driving an SUV. This may lead some drivers to take more chances while driving an SUV and drive at unsafe speeds. In fact, almost 50% of SUV rollover crashes are solo vehicle accidents. Until the public is better educated as to the nature of the dangers to which those involved in SUV single-vehicle accidents are exposed, tragic crashes like that described above will continue to be common.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “3 killed, 3 hurt in SUV crash”, Bob Pool, August 13, 2012

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