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Diane Bertram and Linda Bressler died in a Rollover Accident on US 67 near Old US 36 in Jacksonville, Illinois

Jacksonville, Ill. – Two women lost their lives in a rollover accident Monday afternoon. The incident occurred along the U.S. 67 northbound exit ramp onto Old U.S. 36.

According to reports, the SUV driver lost control while traveling. The vehicle veered off the right side of the exit ramp, striking a pole before rolling over and resting on its top.

Diane Bertram, 55, who was driving the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Linda Bressler, 77, was transported to Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

No further details have been released.

Vehicles should be designed to protect us during a rollover crash

There are often misunderstandings surrounding rollover crashes. One is that they are rare, and two is that if someone gets seriously injured or dies, the driver is responsible for those deaths. This isn’t necessarily true.

Rollovers are very common, are very dangerous, and can cause great harm. Since rollovers are one of the most dangerous of all types of crashes, shouldn’t manufacturers produce vehicles that can withstand these crashes and protect their occupants? They should, but this does not always happen.

Certain SUV models have a troubling history of inadequately withstanding rollover crashes, resulting in additional injuries and fatalities among their occupants. Common defects in these vehicles include seatbelts that fail to restrain, airbags that do not deploy as intended, and roofs that prove too weak to withstand impact, collapsing, crushing, and causing further harm. The failure of any of these safety features significantly heightens the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a crash.

We do not know all the details regarding this incident; however, an inspection of the SUV by trained professionals can help determine whether the vehicle adequately protected these two women. If it is found that a defect in the vehicle caused the women to suffer injuries they shouldn’t have suffered, the manufacturer may be ultimately responsible for their passing.



The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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