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Daniel Landi injured in rollover accident on Hwy 36

LIVINGSTON, Mo. — Daniel Landi, a 55-year-old Kidder man, suffered injuries Nov. 8 in a rollover accident on Highway 36 near Wheeling.

Landi was driving westbound in a SUV early Monday evening when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the highway, according to a local news report. Landi over-corrected, causing the vehicle to veer off the right side of the road, where it struck an embankment, overturned, and went airborne before striking a second embankment.

The vehicle came to rest on the driver’s side and was completely demolished. Local EMSA transported Landi to Hedrick Medical Center. Officials said he was wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred.

No additional information about factors that may have contributed to the crash has been released by authorities.


When I read the news report about Mr. Landi’s rollover accident, I had two thoughts: First, I am glad that he did not sustain life threatening injuries from this serious accident. Second, I am curious as to what type of SUV he was driving. I am very familiar with these types of vehicle mishaps. I have extensively studied the engineering design and safety problems of SUVs, light passenger trucks, and passenger vehicles. In a nutshell, the wheelbase is often too narrow for the height of the vehicle, causing a low Static Stability Factor (SSF). The SSF is the value given to a vehicle to determine the probability that the vehicle will roll in an accident. The lower the SSF, the more likely it is to roll on impact. To learn more about my research into rollover crashes read this study.

Officials said Mr. Landi was westbound when his vehicle veered to the left side of the road and then overcorrected, going off the right side of the road and becoming airborne after hitting an embankment and overturning. Although authorities did not state this, high speed appears to be a contributory factor in this accident, considering that the vehicle struck the embarkment with such force as to send it airborne. The driver could have been sun-blinded, considering that he was westbound in the early evening hours. There is no mention concerning road conditions, road hazards, or the possibility that the driver swerved to avoid an animal. These factors most often contribute to a one-vehicle rollover accident and also need to be fully investigated.

You can read more about how engineering and safety standards affect vehicle rollovers in the article mentioned above, The Making of an Epidemic. As a responsible citizen, I will continue to put forth my best efforts to increase public awareness about the dangers of poor vehicle design and to drive automakers to implement improved engineering and safety features in their vehicles.

Disclaimer: All of the information contained within this post was compiled from public sources or constitutes the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if you identify any false or misleading information.

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