There was a fatal Interstate 80 rollover accident Thursday (July 25, 2019) morning. This fatal Interstate 80 rollover accident happened on the ramp from Illinois Route 394 to eastbound I-80.
This fatal Interstate 80 rollover accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 25, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in I-80 rollover in Lansing.”
Darryl L. Smith, 48, was driving an 2004 Lincoln SUV on the ramp from northbound Illinois Route 394 to eastbound I-80 when he lost control just before 3 a.m., according to Illinois State Police.
The Lincoln overturned into a ditch and Smith was thrown from the vehicle, state police said. Smith, who lived in Hazel Crest, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) says that at the time of the accident Smith was not wearing a seat belt.
On this site, various aspects of vehicle rollover accidents are discussed on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page. Rollover accidents are notable in many regards. As seen in the Interstate 80 rollover accident discussed above, many of these rollover accidents lead to serious injuries, and often these injuries lead to fatalities.
Rollover accidents can happen for many reasons. However, there are common factors that increase the possibility of a rollover accident.
An excerpt from the “Rollover Accidents” page mentioned above:
As rollover accidents usually happen at higher speeds, it is not surprising that many Chicago areas rollovers have happened on expressways and other higher-speed roadways, including the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94), the Edens Spur, I-57, the Kennedy Expressway, the Bishop Ford Expressway, Lake Shore Drive, and Lower Wacker Drive.
One of the best preventative safety measures to take to avoid serious vehicle accident injuries is to wear a seat belt. The wearing of a seat belt during a rollover accident can greatly reduce the possibility of the vehicle occupant being ejected (i.e. partially or fully thrown from the vehicle) during the accident. The seat belt acts as a restraint to keep the vehicle occupant in the vehicle in a secured fashion.