Rollover crashes are among the deadliest crashes and are often violent in nature. More than other types of crashes, the road, the driver, the vehicle, and environmental factors directly influence such crashes. Vehicle type does play a significant role—for example, SUVs and cars with higher tires are more likely to experience rollovers. But other conditions, such as driver behavior and external environmental factors, also can result in vehicle rollovers.
WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO A VEHICLE ROLLOVER?
Any or all of the following factors can influence this kind of accident:
- Vehicle type. Any type of vehicle can roll over, but tall narrow vehicles like pickups, SUVs, and vans are more susceptible due to their higher level of gravity.
- High-speed accidents are more likely to result in rollovers. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 40% of crashes involved speeding—while nearly 75% of fatal rollovers occurred in zones where posted speed limits were over 55 miles per hour.
- Rural roads tend to lead to more rollover accidents, as they are often undivided and do not have barriers. Rural roads often have higher posted speed limits than more urban areas.
- It is no surprise that almost 50% of all fatal rollover crashes involve illicit substances like alcohol. Any amount of alcohol can impair driving by decreasing judgment, vision, and coordination.
- Other behaviors. Inattention, speeding, and distraction all influence rollover accidents.
ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS: WHO IS LIABLE?
Data from the NHTSA estimates that the majority of rollover crashes involve a single vehicle. In other words, it is rare to see two cars collide and result in a rollover. This suggests that driver behavior has a heavy influence on rollover accidents. You may, for example, have to swerve to avoid another driver, causing you to roll over. Other scenarios include having to swerve to avoid construction barrels or debris, avoiding impaired drivers, or even dodging an animal in the road. Each case of rollover is different, and determining the parties responsible often requires professional legal help. In the case of an impaired driver, the intoxicated driver is clearly the responsible party for your injuries. But if you are injured in a construction zone, the agency that failed to exercise proper care in the placement of barrels may be liable.
The success of your rollover claim hinges on proving negligence. In other words, you must prove that the other party involved failed to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety. Some cases of negligence are clear-cut and easy to prove, while others take some legwork and the help of an experienced law firm. Defective equipment, driver error, and environmental factors may all be to blame.
I HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A ROLLOVER ACCIDENT. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
If you have been hurt in a rollover, you are probably wondering how you will pay for your medical bills and make up for lost wages. A personal injury settlement is designed to do just that. An attorney will help you determine an amount for a fair settlement based on:
- The amount of your medical bills
- Your lost wages during recovery
- Any loss of earning potential
- Emotional and psychological damages
- Punitive damages in the case of gross negligence
To begin your personal injury claims process today, contact the attorneys at the Nielsen Law Firm. Our office is committed to helping Houston area families heal. By taking advantage of our free initial consultation service, you are beginning your journey to emotional and financial recovery. Get in touch with us today to schedule your risk-free evaluation. We take our cases on a contingency-fee basis, so you only pay if we win.