A 32-year-old Jacksonville man was killed in an auto accident Saturday, September 17, after he was partially ejected from a vehicle that was hit by another on Interstate 10. The Florida Highway Patrol says the man was not wearing a seat belt. The 26-year-old female driver, with the same last name according to the Florida Times-Union, was eastbound on the interstate when their vehicle was struck by another being driven by a 22-year-old female from Middleburg who apparently lost control of her vehicle. That caused the first car to overturn several times and partially eject the man. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and did not receive any injuries. The collision happened on I-10 one mile east of Chaffee Road.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of this man who lost his life so suddenly.
Vehicle Rollovers and Ejection
Clearly, one of the most dangerous types of auto accidents is the vehicle rollover. Not only can the failure to wear a seat belt cause the occupant to be ejected, but there can be defective auto components such as airbags and seat belts, that fail to keep motorists inside the car. In order to minimize the number of people being partially ejected from motor vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation will phase in a new standard which prevents someone from moving any more than four inches beyond the window. The new standard will involve strengthening the glass and should prevent 373 fatalities and 476 serious injuries every year, according to the DOT.
It will also make it more difficult to break window glass in order to escape from a vehicle which is submerged in water.
Sources: http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-09-18/story/1-dead-i-10-crash-saturday-jacksonville#ixzz1YcKUPOAz; http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-09-18/story/1-dead-i-10-crash-saturday-jacksonville