MARICOPA COUNTY, Az. — A tragic rollover crash on southbound Interstate 17 at Table Mesa Road in New River left one person dead and three hospitalized Feb. 27.
Local authorities are still investigating to determine the cause of the crash, but preliminary reports show that an SUV overturned onto the exit ramp and came to rest on its roof.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency personnel flew two children to a hospital and transported one adult via ground ambulance to a hospital to treat injuries. Authorities have not released any updates on their conditions.
State troopers' investigation into the accident is ongoing. No additional information was immediately available.
Commentary on the fatal rollover accident on I-17, New River, Arizona
This is a very serious accident that has caused unspeakable pain in the lives of many. Rollover accidents are one of the leading causes of occupant fatalities in single-vehicle accidents accounting for nearly 20% of total deaths. This is unacceptable, and measures must be taken to limit the risks associated with rollover accidents.
Many people do not realize that auto manufacturers are aware of the risk their vehicles pose to consumers in the event of a rollover accident. It is unacceptable that some of these manufacturers chose to limit the safety features available or require additional safety features to be custom based on price. Unknowing consumers are killed every day simply because they don’t study vehicle crashworthiness. The choice for many auto manufacturers comes down to saving lives or maximizing profits. The auto manufacturer that chooses profits over people should be held accountable when their vehicle results in accidents such as the one we have here.
There is not enough information available in this report to determine if the SUV in this accident was crashworthy. However, the grieving family deserves answers, and a detailed investigation into this accident needs to be conducted. The fact that this accident was a single-vehicle rollover accident does not mean the driver is responsible for the resulting death and injuries. Suppose this SUV did not have sufficient safety features to protect the occupants from a known and foreseeable accident. In that case, the fault rests on the auto manufacturer for choosing profits over people.
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