Why in an SUV accident did this car rollover?

Posted on Jul 29, 2012

Ford Explorer: High CG’s. Three Fatality Accidents for Legal Analysis

The first accident is the Montgomery County, Iowa accident involving 29-year-old Ryan James Perdue from Red Oak, Iowa. The report shows this to be a single vehicle accident in the nature of a rollover. The police report he simply lost control, went off the hard surface, failed to regain control, overcorrected and then rolled in the ditch where he was killed. A young man driving and, oops a Ford Explorer, an SUV with a high center of gravity and a perchance for rollovers. Not surprising, and with tort reform by my guess this type of high risk SUV design will only get worse.

Minimal Crash Report:

 Case Number:

 2012033313

 Type:

 Fatality

 County:

 69

 Crash Date:

 06152020

 Time:

 0400

 Location:

 1/4 MILE NORTH OF 170TH ST ON O AVE

 

 Vehicle 1 Year:

 2003

 Make:

 FORD

 Type:

 EXPLORER

 Towed By:

 BATES TOWING

 Driver Name:

 RYAN JAMES PERDUE

 Age:

 29

 City & State of Residence:

 RED OAK,IA

 Summary:

 

   

VEHICLE 1 WAS SOUTHBOUND RAN OFF THE ROAD TO THE RIGHT, OVER CORRECTED AND LOST CONTROL AND ROLLED INTO THE NORTHBOUND DITCH EJECTING THE DRIVER, THE DRIVER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE

 

 Officer Name:

 TROOPER BULLINGTON ISP 253

 Post:

 03

 Assisted By:

 MONTGOMERY CO SO, ST

Let’s move over to Ida County, Iowa were we have a multiple car crash with a bunch of folks from Cherokee and one from Canada. Let’s talk first about what, according to the reporting officer, caused the accident. This is a road construction site accident involving six vehicles that get plowed into by the first truck; the truck driver just didn’t stop and ran into car number 2 which then caused a chain reaction with the 2nd through 6th cars and trucks. At least 5 people were injured, one died. The guy in the truck was driving a Freightliner and his truck plowed into a Ford Focus (oh my) with a 75 year old man inside. Poor Mr. Watts died from injuries in the collision. We’ve been working on a similar case out of the Davenport area on I-80 that occurred on May 11, 2009. In that accident two people died.

You have to wonder what the driver was doing that distracted him enough not to know traffic had stopped in a construction area.

Here is a word of caution to those with claims. The lawyers who defend the trucker will try and blame the accident on the other people who were in the accident. The lawyers and their insurance adjusters will request statements and then will try to get anyone to say they hit the car in front of them before getting hit from behind or just to say they don’t know and then look for evidence to blame that driver for a second collision. The point is simply to limit their driver’s liability and to get someone else’s insurance to pay for some of the damages while ruining that driver’s case.

This has been going on for years. The big defense firms make millions off this kind of defense and the insurance companies make hundreds of millions convincing everyone there are reasons for delay and not paying.

It’s called tort reform. You see the insurance industry hasn’t seen a case that isn’t frivolous to them; your case is frivolous and you are just another greedy injured person looking to blame someone else to make a buck.

Yup, that’s you according to insurance practice. Mr. and Mrs. Frivolous. Sorry to use this case as an example but I’ve seen it so much that it just gets sickening to deal with no matter how bad the person is injured.

Minimal Crash Report:

 Case Number:

 2012041464

 Type:

 Fatality

 County:

 47

 Crash Date:

 20120725

 Time:

 1630

 Location:

 S OF 110 STR ON HWY 59 144MM

 

 Vehicle 1 Year:

 2005

 Make:

 FREIGHTLINER W/

 Type:

  

 Towed By:

  

 Driver Name:

 GORDON DRASKOVIC

 Age:

 46

 City & State of Residence:

 WINDSOR,ONTARIO

 

 Vehicle 2 Year:

 2003

 Make:

 FORD

 Type:

 FOCUS

 Towed By:

  

 Driver Name:

 LARRY ALLAN WATTS

 Age:

 75

 City & State of Residence:

 CHEROKEE,IA

 

 Vehicle 3 Year:

 2010

 Make:

 FORD

 Type:

 EDGE

 Towed By:

  

 Driver Name:

 SHARI ANN SHONTZ

 Age:

 52

 City & State of Residence:

 HOLSTEIN,IA

 

 Injury 1 Type:

 Fatality

 Name:

 LARRY ALLAN WATTS

 Age:

 75

 City & State of Residence:

 CHEROKEE,IA

 Injury 2 Type:

 Injured

 Name:

 SHARI ANN SHONTZ

 Age:

 52

 City & State of Residence:

 HOLSTEIN,IA

 seat belt Use:

  

 Life saved by seat belt:

  

 Transported To:

 CHEROKEE HOSPITAL

 Transported By:

  

 

 Injury 3 Type:

 Injured

 Name:

 WARREN MICHAEL KELLOGG

 Age:

 53

 City & State of Residence:

 CHEROKEE,IA

 seat belt Use:

  

 Life saved by seat belt:

  

 Transported To:

 CHEROKEE HOSPITAL

 Transported By:

  

 

 Injury 4 Type:

 Injured

 Name:

 MARK ALAN SCHLEEF JR

 Age:

 25

 City & State of Residence:

 CHEROKEE,IA

 seat belt Use:

  

 Life saved by seat belt:

  

 Transported To:

 CHEROKEE HOSPITAL

 Transported By:

  

 

 Injury 5 Type:

 Injured

 Name:

 BRADLEY DEAN OLSON

 Age:

 56

 City & State of Residence:

 LYTTON,IA

 seat belt Use:

  

 Life saved by seat belt:

  

 Transported To:

 CHEROKEE,IA

 Transported By:

  

 Summary:

 

   

VEHICLES 2-6 WERE ALL SB ON US HWY 59 AND WERE STOPPED IN LINE IN A ROAD WORK ZONE WAITING FOR A PILOT CAR TO ESCORT THEM THROUGH THE ONE LANE PORTION OF THE ROAD WORK AREA VEH 1 WAS SB AND FAILED TO STOP AND COLLIDED INTO THE BACK OF VEH 2 CAUSING A CHAIN REACTION OF COLLISONS THE DRIVER OF VEH 2 WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE ALL OTHER INJURED PARTIES WERE TAKEN TO THE CHEROKEE REGIONAL

 

 Officer Name:

 IOWA STATE PATROL 316 IAN WILLIS

 Post:

 4

 Assisted By:

 IDA CO SO,DOT,HOLSTE

The last accident is a single motorcycle collision or more appropriately a crash. It happens in Harrison County on I-29 north and eastbound at mile marker 94.50. The guy on the bike goes off the hard surface and onto the median where he fell from the bike and was killed. Your first thought is the guy must not have been wearing a helmet but he was so that idea is frivolous. The riders name is Michael Beck from Nebraska. He was driving a 2004 FXDWGI Motorcycle. I wondered what that motorcycle looks like so here it is; this one was for sale out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Add image.

You just never know it could have been a deer or something wrong with the bike or even another driver that caused the crash and then ran from the scene.

Crash Information


 

U
N
I
T

1

Driver's Name - Last
BECK

First
MICHAEL

Middle
R

Suffix

City
DECATUR

State
NE - Nebraska, US

Zip
68020

Driver's Age
48

Citation Charge Code 1

Citation Charge 1

Gender
Male

State
NE - Nebraska, US

Class
A - Veh w/26001 GVWR or more Towed unit is 10001 GVWR or more

Endorsements
N - Tank

Restrictions

None

Citation Charge Code 2

Citation Charge 2

Alcohol Test Given?

Drug Test Given?

Citation Charge Code 3

Citation Charge 3

Citation Charge Code 4

Citation Charge 4

Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
1 - Fatal

Occupant Protection
1 - None used

Airbag Deployment
6 - Not applicable

Airbag Switch Status
3 - No ON/OFF switch present

Ejection
4 - Not applicable (motorcycle, bicycle, etc.)

Ejection Path

Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

Transported by:
LIFENET

Insurance Co. Name

Year
2004

Make

Model
FXDWGI

Style
MC

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
5000

Initial Travel Direction
1 - North

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
70

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
01 - Front

Extent of Damage
4 - Disabling damage

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
01

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
14 - Motorcycle

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
01 - None

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

First Event
03 - Ran off road, left

Second Event
33 - Ditch/embankment

Third Event

Fourth Event

Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
33 - Ditch/embankment

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name

City

State

Zip

Number of Axles

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Placard #

Hazardous Materials Released?

L
O
C
A
T
I
O
N

Date of Accident
7/21/2012

Time of Accident 
02:28 PM

County
Harrison - 43

Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)

Law Enforcement Case Number:
2012040587

Literal Description 
NB/EB INTERSTATE 0029, (I-29 NB 94.50 MM)

Legal Intervention?
No

Private Property?
No

X-Coordinate:
246317.0

Y-Coordinate
4630619.

ACCIDENT ENVIRONMENT

ROADWAY CHARACTERISTICS
Major Contributing Circumstances:

WORKZONE RELATED?

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

Location of First Harmful Event
3 - Median

Weather Conditions (up to two)
01 - Clear

Environment
1 - None apparent

Location

First Harmful Event of Crash (use codes 11-42 only)
33 - Ditch/embankment

Manner of Crash/Collision
1 - Non-collision

Roadway
01 - None apparent

Type

Light Conditions
1 - Daylight

Surface Conditions
1

Type of Roadway Junction/Feature
01 - No special feature

Workers Present?

D
I
A
G
R
A
M

0

 

NARRATIVE


Unit 1 northbound Interstate 29 near the 94.50 mile marker. Unit 1 left roadway entering median. Unit 1 driver fell from bike. Unit 1 driver sustained fatal injuries. Unit 1 driver wearing helmet.

 

Officer
PAULSEN

Badge No.
148

Time Officer Notified of Accident
14:30

Time Officer Arrived At Scene
14:43

Name of Agency
P04

Date of Report
7/21/2012

Investigation made at scene?
Yes

T.I. #

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Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death