Another Florida Resident Critically Injured in Rollover Accident Following Tire Blowout

February 3, 2009
By Gabriel Mejia, Esq. on February 3, 2009 10:00 AM | | Comments (0)
Dannielle Montesano was rushed to North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach yesterday after her 1999 Ford Explorer flipped on the Florida Turnpike and threw her from the automobile.  According to the Broward Edition of the Miami Herald, Montesano's vehicle experienced a rear tire explosion while she was not wearing her seat belt.  Montesano's two children and her sister were also in the vehicle during the automobile accident, but were not thrown from the SUV and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  They were taken to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

In 2007, Florida traffic accidents were responsible for 3,221 fatalities and 212,149 injuries according to the Traffic Crash Statistics Report 2007 compiled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  Of these, 1,972 deaths occurred in seat belt equipped vehicles.  Sixty one percent (61%) of the people killed in seat belt equipped vehicles (or 1,201 people) were not wearing their seat belts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that tire related problems such as flat tires or blowouts account for an estimated 414 fatalities and 10,275 non-fatal injuries annually.  Furthermore, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) utilizing statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation indicates that 10,182 occupants of "passenger vehicles" died in rollover crashes in 2007.  According to IIHS, death results more often in single-vehicle sport utility vehicle (or SUV) rollover accidents than in cars or pickups.  In 2007, forty seven percent (47%) of deaths involving SUV occupants were from single-vehicle rollover accidents.

One simple step to decrease the likelihood of experiencing tire failure is to keep your tires properly inflated, according to the NHTSA.  Tire pressure should be checked regularly and maintained within the guidelines of your vehicle's cold tire pressure placard (often located on the driver's side door frame) and your vehicle's owner's manual.

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Gabriel Mejia is a personal injury attorney handling accident and injury cases in Florida for Law Offices and , P.A.

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