Greenville traffic engineer examines why rollover accidents are happening

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Thursday morning, a rollover accident on one of the area’s busiest roads created a major back up for commuters.

It happened just after 8 a.m. Thursday morning on Firetower Road. It’s, at least, the third rollover within a week here in the east.

Why do accidents like this keep happening?

Drivers say high-speed limits, like the one on Firetower Road, which is 45 miles per hour, are to blame for rollover accidents.

Many say drivers are in a rush and don’t see a car stopping or turning. This results in them slamming on the brakes and rolling over.

A rollover accident a few months ago saw a car running through a red light, then hitting a vehicle, causing it to rollover.

On Thursday, traffic was backed up due to the rollover accident in Winterville.

9 On Your Side asked Greenville’s traffic engineer Ric Dicesare why rollovers keep happening.

“In the city, what is going to cause a rollover is an extreme change of direction for the vehicle at a high rate of speed. What causes that? I say an invasive move,” said Dicesare. He described an invasive move as missing something on the road and quickly moving or swerving to avoid it at the last second.

Dicesare encourages everyone to slow down and give yourself enough space between vehicles. He believes that alone would cut down on rollover accidents.

To read more about distracted driving causing a problem in the area, click here.

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