HENRY COUNTY, IL- Kwqc.com reports that oneperson was killedin a rollover crash in Henry County on Thursday, July 5, 2018. The accident happened on I-74 at about 8:20 p.m. Two people were traveling in the vehicle. Both the driver and the passenger were taken toIllini Hospital, but the driver died from injuries sustained in the accident. The condition of the passenger is not knownat this time.
According to official reports, the vehicle veered off of the roadway and into a ditch before the driver attempted to correct and caused the vehicle to flip. Vehicle rolled across the two westbound lanes before coming to rest in the passing lane.
Rollover accidents claim thousands of lives a year, although most car accidents do not include a vehicle turning over. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 there were 9.1 million vehicle collisions. Out of those, only 2.1% involved cars rolling over. While rollovers only make upa small percentage of overall accidents, greater than one-third of all passenger vehicle fatalities occurred in rollover collisions.
While rollovers are scary and always dangerous, individuals who wear their seatbelts greatly increase their chances of surviving. In 2010, 69% of the people who died in rollover accidents failed to wear their seatbelts.
In Illinois, anyone traveling in a vehicle is required to wear a seatbelt. Seatbelt usage in the state is higher than the national average, with 93.8 percent of vehicle occupants buckling up. Out of the people who died in car crashes in Illinois in 2017, 43% were not properly restrained.
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