A deadly car accident in Lemhi County, Idaho resulted in the death of a man on Monday. The accident happened around noon on Highway 93 near milepost 119, just ten miles north of Carmen in Lemhi County, Idaho. The vehicle involved was a 1934 Ford pickup which was pulling a homemade camp trailer headed southbound on US-93. The driver of the car overcorrected after the car went off the right shoulder, which brought the car back onto the roadway and off the left shoulder, where it then rolled. The driver died of his injuries at the scene of the car accident.
The driver in this accident was in a classic car, with a homemade trailer. There are increased safety risks with driving older cars, including rollovers and decreased safety features. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, owners of classic cars (those cares manufactured before the 1964 federal law requiring seatbelts was implemented) are not required to install safety belts or shoulder harnesses if they were not original equipment on the vehicles. Failure to use a safety belt is considered one of the top reasons for fatalities in a crash. Classic cars also tend to be heavier, with a different center of balance. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, advances in vehicle safety have dramatically increased, so much so that the driver of a car 18 or more years old is 71 percent more likely to die in a fatal crash that the driver of a car three years or newer. Homemade trailers also pose an increased risk while driving, as they may not conform to newer safety specifications and can also contribute to increased risk of a rollover or fatal crash.