Rollover car accidents are responsible for 35% of passenger fatalities.
Rollover accidents cause more than 10,000 deaths in the United States every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even though rollover accidents represent only around two percent of the total number of crashes in the U.S., they account for around 35 percent of passenger vehicle deaths.
Types of Rollover Accidents
A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle turns upside down or topples onto its side due to sudden braking, turning, or a collision with another vehicle. It takes some time to bring a speeding car to a stop. If you do not allow a speeding vehicle enough time and use harsh braking or take a quick turn at a high speed, it could result in rollover of the car. If you apply a sudden brake, the tires of the car stop moving forward immediately, but the vehicle’s momentum tips the vehicle over. Whether the vehicle will tip onto its side or turn upside down depends on a number of factors, including its amount of inertia and the direction of the car.
Rollover accidents can be of two types. One type, called a tripped rollover, is more common than the other type called an un-tripped rollover. A tripped rollover occurs when a speeding vehicle comes off the roadway to the side of the road. As the tires of the vehicle come in contact with soft soil or get obstructed by a pothole or solid object on the road, the force of the tires causes the vehicle to tip over. On the other hand, an untripped rollover occurs when the tipping over is not caused by any obstruction from an object of the road.
Common Causes of Rollover Crashes
Knowing the cause of a rollover accident would help you determine who was at fault for the accident and who is liable to pay compensation any losses suffered. If you are aware of the common causes of rollover accidents, you’ll be able to take precautions to prevent this type of accident.
- Speeding – A speeding vehicle is more likely to be involved in rollover accidents. Do not exceed the posted speed limit while driving.
- Drunk driving or drowsy driving – Drivers who are tired or driving under the influence of alcohol are susceptible to make sudden decisions behind the wheel, causing accidents. Overcorrection by intoxicated or tired drivers is a leading cause of rollover accidents.
- Tire problems – Driving a vehicle with bald or flat tires is dangerous and often results in rollover accidents.
Common Injuries Caused by Rollover Accidents
Common injuries from rollover accidents include spinal cord injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and internal injuries. Wearing a seatbelt could prevent 75 percent of rollover fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Speak With a Chicago Auto Accident Lawyer
If you suffer an injury from a rollover accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Speak with a Chicago auto accident lawyer to know your legal rights and what you are entitled to. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a case evaluation.