A car accident in Phoenix, Arizona left two people injured — one of them being a 4-year-old — and have many scratching their heads as to the cause of the crash. The 4-year-old was in the car with her mother, who is in her 20s. The vehicle suddenly rolled over and spilled off of the side of the road. So what caused the vehicle to suddenly and violently roll over like this?
The Department of Public Safety says that a stray couch in the middle of the road may have caused the crash. But that just raises even more questions. Why was the couch there in the first place? And did it actually cause the crash, or does the “may” in that statement mean it had nothing to do with the wreck?
It’s an odd accident to say the least. But there are still a couple of things that we can learn from it. The first is that sometimes debris in the road is responsible for an accident. When it comes to big pieces of debris, like a couch, it is possible that a truck lost some of its cargo during a trip. This can lead to liability issues. What if the truck driver knowingly sped off after the couch fell? What if the cargo fell off of a semi-truck, and the truck driver or truck company failed to ensure that the cargo was secured properly?
The other factor here is a more positive one: both the woman and her daughter were wearing seatbelts, and this likely prevented serious or potentially fatal harm. No matter who you are or what car you are driving, you should always wear a seatbelt. It can save your life.
Source: azcentral.com, “Woman, daughter, 4, injured in Phoenix rollover on I-10,” Kaila White, March 1, 2015