Rollover Traffic Collision on Milpas

By Bob on the Scanner

Car crash on the Eastside – near the intersection of Gutierrez and Milpas Streets

Solo crash, Mazda SUV rolled over. Sounds like one injury. Police, Fire, and ambulance on the scene.



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  1. Thank you, NICOSPAYA, for the informative comment. A planned SCE power outage this morning prevented me from posting my own comment: “How does this even happen? Can someone explain the physical dynamics of how a moving vehicle on a not-fast surface street maneuvers into a solo roll-over? There have been so many of these incidents reported here at edhat that it certainly piques my curiosity.”
    Now, we all have the answers. Thanks again.

    • THETEK: The short answer is no, for a few reasons. Firstly, there’s different agencies with jurisdiction depending on where the motor vehicle accident (MVA) occurs. On the highway, CHP has jurisdiction while on surface streets it’s PD or the Sheriff’s Office (SO). Fire Dept usually responds unless cancelled by other first arriving agencies. So you have different reports created by different departments, and there’s no clearinghouse for that information. The most consistent source would be from the FD, but FD incident reporting criteria is created by the National Fire Incident Reporting System, and the info asked for in that relating to MVAS is MVA with injury or without, and if extrication is required. A vehicle rolling over might only be documented in the narrative portion of the report, and not in a form that could be easily farmed out. A fire department can add that checkbox (“vehicle rollover–yes no”) to the standard reporct documentation to conduct its own study if they wish.
      That said, there are a few reasons for the marked increase in vehicle rollovers. Back in the day, vehicles were heavier–made of steel, lower to the ground and not as tall. They’re now made of lightweight material, much taller with a higher center of gravity (think SUVs and how many rollovers you encounter are SUVs) and rounder. Additionally, tire technology has increased so that tires now grip better than they used to. So years ago a heavy, shorter car with old tire technology would often slide to a stop after striking something, being suddenly jerked by the driver, or being hit. Today’s cars are like beach balls. If they hit the construction divider, get hit by another vehicle or are suddenly jerked back into the lane by a distracted driver, those stickier tires grip quickly and the physics involved mean the lighter, taller, higher center of gravity vehicle is gonna flip.
      The third is, as mentioned, the world is driving with its head in their phones. Consider all the construction on the 101. Distracted drivers have VERY little time when they peel their eyes off their screens before hitting a K rail. Hit that rail and the car’s gonna slide and flip. Correct your path too quickly and that car’s gonna flip.
      Guessing this is more info than you asked for, but there’s your answer.

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