When an automobile rolls, the roof can forcibly slam into the ground and significantly bend and crush, resulting in serious or potentially fatal injuries to the driver and passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 280,000 rollover accidents are reported every year, with 10,000 of those car accidents resulting in death. Rollover crashes account for 33% of all passenger vehicle fatalities.
The structural integrity of the vehicle’s roof must be adequate enough to sustain impact and protect the passengers inside. Failure to ensure safety during an accident may derive from a defective roof or other structural defect. If so, our tenacious legal team is prepared to fight for your just compensation.
NHTSA suggests that close to 95% of all single-vehicle rollovers are caused by “tripping.” This occurs when a vehicle strikes an object (like a curb or guardrail), gauges its tires into soft soil, or leaves the road and slides to the side. Other contributing factors may involve the interaction of the driver with the road, their vehicle, and the surrounding environment.
Common causes of rollover accidents include:
- Vehicle type – While all vehicles can rollover, SUVs, pickup, and vans possess higher centers of gravity which makes them more inclined to rollover if it’s only a single-vehicle crash.
- Location – Almost ¾ of fatal rollovers happen in rural areas where the posted speed limit is around 55 miles per hour or higher. This type of location is generally undivided and lacks proper barriers of protection.
- Alcohol – Alcohol can negatively affect your vision, coordination, and judgement, causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Speed – 40% of fatal rollover crashes were contributed to excessive speeding.
If you have sustained injuries from a rollover accident, you may not know exactly what or who caused your accident. Whether you suspect a defective vehicle part, or perhaps a hazardous roadway, our firm will thoroughly investigate your case and identify who is responsible and accountable based on the evidence.