Tragedy struck on the I-405 on Aug. 29, when an Chevrolet Tahoe collided with a Tesla in the carpool lane, severely injuring one 13-year-old girl and killing her 7-year-old sister. Both of the young girls were riding in the backseat of the car when when the SUV swerved into the carpool lane, connecting with their vehicle and compounding the damages by pushing it into a Honda Civic.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently disclosed that front seat passengers are still in greater danger of suffering injury or death in a collision than their driver counterparts. The battery of tests conducted by the IIHS were aimed at determining the front seat passenger safety of a number of late model sport utility vehicles.
One of the worst type of accidents is a rollover. Though relatively rare — rollovers account for only about 3 percent of serious collisions — vehicle rollovers are responsible for approximately 30 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities.