Negligence That Can Put You at Risk for a Dangerous Rollover Accident
One of the most devastating types of car accidents is a rollover. A rollover occurs when the force of a turn or collision causes a vehicle to tip and roll onto its roof. In some cases, the collision force is so great that the vehicle rolls several times before its momentum decreases enough to stop.
In addition to the severity of the initial impact—which is forceful enough to tip your car—a rollover can cause your vehicle to slam into the ground several times. Each time the vehicle impacts the ground, the risk for serious injury increases. The impacts can throw passengers around, toss debris around in the vehicle, and damage internal vehicle parts which could ignite.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), only 3 percent of accidents cause rollovers, but they account for a third of all traffic fatalities. With numbers like this, it’s obvious that rollover accidents are deadly and need to be understood and avoided.
Taking a good look at some of the actions that lead to rollover accidents can help you take precautions and avoid unnecessary risks. Some of the primary causes of rollover car crashes are…
- Driving a susceptible vehicle. Since rollovers occur as a result of the collision force, all types of vehicles can have the potential to roll over. However, as a result of weight and balance, vehicles with a higher center of gravity are more susceptible to rolling over than others. Cars like minivans, SUVs, trucks, and RVs have higher centers of gravity, which increases their risk of tipping over. Lighter vehicles such as sports cars and minis are also vulnerable to multi-rolls, as they can’t disperse the force of a collision as quickly or as efficiently as larger, heavier models.
- Speeding. A car can rollover when it’s going as slow as fifteen miles an hour, but severe incidents (where the vehicles roll over multiple times) occur when the car is going at an excessive speed. According to the NHTSA, 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes occur when the driver goes over the speed limit, and almost 74 percent of all rollover fatalities happen where the posted speed limit was 55 miles an hour.
- Driving while distracted. Most rollover accidents occur during routine driving—during daily commutes, school drop-off, grocery runs, etc. We have a theory as to why that is. We have noticed that many of our clients have been injured in accidents where the other driver was talking on the cell phone, or texting, or fiddling with their iPod; in short, they occur due to people not paying attention to the road. It isn’t hard to imagine someone drifting off into another lane while they text their friends and then jerking the wheel back in order to correct themselves. This is the sort of thing that causes rollover accidents. If you are driving, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
Helping You Get Right-Side Up
Most insurance companies do whatever they can to avoid paying the true value of an expensive accident claim. Despite your need for financial relief, these companies tend to care more about preserving their bottom line than worrying about your upended future. However, personal injury and car accident lawyer Steve Lee has spent close to forty years helping accident victims such as yourself get fair treatment from these unsympathetic insurance companies. Consequently, he takes these cases very seriously, and works to provide aggressive legal help and strategic planning to all his clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact our office today for a free case assessment by filling out the electronic form on this page or by calling us directly at 713-921-4171. We’re eager to start working toward turning your future back to right-side up.