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Tyler Hodgson dies in Ford F350 rollover on SH 78

GREEN COUNTY, Wis.—Tyler Hodgson, 25, tragically died Aug. 30 in a single-vehicle rollover accident on State Highway 78 in York Township.

Hodgson was southbound in the N9300 block of SH 78 when his 2004 Ford F350 exited the roadway for unknown reasons and traveled into a gravel shoulder west of the road. The truck re-entered the roadway before traveling into a ditch east of the road, where it overturned multiple times before crashing into a fence.

Hodgson was the only person in the vehicle and passed away at the scene of the accident.

No additional information about the crash was immediately available.

COMMENTARY ON ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS

I am saddened to learn of another tragic rollover death that has cut short the life of a young man just getting started in life.  Deaths due to rollovers are epidemic in the last 30 years, despite design engineering studies and crash data that have established the criteria necessary to ensure safety standards. Our firm has represented hundreds of rollover cases across the nation involving cars, trucks, and SUV’s during this period. Some automakers blatantly disregard their own safety engineering reports in favor of increased profits, even though the modifications needed to double or even triple the strength of the vehicle’s roof to maintain structural integrity during a rollover are minimal—less than $20 per vehicle for some makes and models. It is a travesty of justice for automakers to get away with inferior safety structure and features when research has verified the standards that should be met.

Rollovers, especially in light trucks and SUVs, are very often the result of tire failure, particularly when only one vehicle is involved, as in this tragic accident. I extend my sincere condolences to Tyler’s loved ones.

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