Partial or complete ejection from a vehicle is a major risk in rollover crashes. Seatbelt use can nearly completely eliminate this risk. According to the IIHS, rollover crashes mostly occur when a driver loses control of a vehicle and it begins to slide sideways. Something then hits the vehicle and causes it to begin rolling. The IIHS also states that most fatalities in a rollover type accident are single vehicle accidents. Rollover crashes are also responsible for more than half the deaths that occur in single-vehicle crashes.
The Eagle Tribune reports on a rollover crash that ended with a man suffering from serious injuries.
According to police, Phillip William Todisco, 60, of Pensacola, Florida was traveling northbound on Interstate 93 in a 2019 Kia Sorrento. He was traveling at a high rate of speed when he rear-ended a 2017 Toyota Corolla being driven by 21-year-old Christopher Lampman.
After the initial impact, the SUV veered left towards a series of orange construction barriers. The vehicle traveled through the barriers and began to skid. The SUV then struck concrete barriers, knocking them back about 6 feet. This is when the SUV began rolling.
Todisco was not wearing a seatbelt and was completely ejected from the vehicle. He was found lying in the roadway with significant injuries to his head and upper body. He was treated by first responders and taken to Elliot Hospital.
Lampman was not injured.
The accident is still under investigation.