A family of three was hospitalized following injuries from a rollover on the Northwest Side late Thursday night.
The victims included a couple and their 6-month-old baby.
The crash occurred after 10 p.m. on Thursday at the intersection of Ingram Road and Culebra Road.
The family’s car overturned on Ingram Road after it was hit by another car while trying to make a left turn on the road.
The rollover was due to the impact of the crash.
The other driver was not hurt but the condition of the family members remains unknown.
No charges are pending yet.
A rollover occurs when a vehicle tips over onto its side or roof. Although rollovers are not common, they have a higher fatality rate than other types of road traffic crashes.
Few cars are equipped with rollover bars to prevent the roof from collapsing on occupants. However, a rollover bypasses a car’s many safety features and negates the use of a seatbelt.
A rollover may cause multiple impacts between the body and other parts of a car. The occupants may also be thrown out from the vehicle by force.
Rollovers can cause severe head, neck and spinal injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, severe cuts or dismemberment.
Although any vehicle can be involved in rollovers, SUVs and pickup trucks are mostly involved.
Rollovers usually involve one vehicle and driver error is a major cause.
Rollovers occur when a car loses traction with the road, especially during snowy and icy conditions, begins to slide sideways and then hits an obstacle like curbs, soft-road shoulders, guardrails or uneven ground.
Vehicle malfunctions, potholes, absence of guardrails, debris, newly-repaired road surface and rocks are also known to be responsible for frequent rollovers witnessed in recent times.
Miracle Body and Paint believes rollovers can be avoided if a driver is attentive and focused on the roadway.