A Henderson woman was killed in a rollover crash on the Boulder Highway, according to recent reports. Kelsy Nicole Carson, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred near the intersection with Missouri Avenue. She was traveling north on the Boulder Highway when, for unknown reasons, she crossed the center median and struck a traffic pole. The vehicle then overturned into the median.
An investigation into the cause of the crash continues.
Rollover Accident Rates and Fatalities Linked
Rollover accidents account for a disproportionate number of highway fatalities, according to sources. While rollover crashes account for only about three percent of all crashes, they account for 20 percent of all vehicle fatalities. Nearly three-fourths of all occupants who are killed in rollover crashes were not using restraints; about two-thirds were ejected from the vehicle.
The majority of rollover crashes are single-vehicle crashes, although multi-vehicle accidents can also feature rollovers, particularly if the vehicle in question is an SUV or light truck, which have a higher tendency to roll over than other vehicles. Single-vehicle rollover crashes are strongly linked to elevated blood alcohol contents.
Who Is Responsible For A Rollover Crash?
A person who is driving may or may not be responsible for a rollover. In some cases, the driver is speeding or otherwise behaving recklessly, while in other cases the driver is an innocent victim of another driver’s negligence or hazardous road conditions. In order to prevent rollover deaths or injuries, experts suggest the following:
- Slow down on curves or when driving in hazardous conditions such as rain, sleet or snow.
- Have tires serviced regularly and watch out for recalls on particular tire models. Blown tires have contributed to a number of rollover fatalities.
- Avoid drinking and driving or using prescription drugs when driving, as alcohol and drug use has been linked to rollover crashes.
- Always wear a seat belt. Most people killed in rollover crashes are ejected from the vehicle or thrown around inside the car as it rolls.
If you have suffered injuries in a rollover crash, there may be someone else who is responsible for your damages. In order to learn more, contact a personal injury attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas immediately. The time to file a claim is limited, so act now. The experienced attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson may be able to help you recover compensation for your rollover injuries.