The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that vehicular rollovers have higher fatality rates than other kinds of crashes, and that 90 percent of these incidents involve only a single vehicle. As such, NHTSA finds that rollovers more closely reflect the interplay between drivers, roads, vehicles, and environmental factors. Because rollovers are often dire, it is important to consider the factors that can contribute to these often deadly accidents.
NHTSA classifies rollovers as either tripped or non-tripped, and 95 percent of single-vehicle rollovers are identified as tripped. This means that the vehicle’s tires were tripped by an obstacle—such as a curb, large stone, steep slope, or guardrail—or by digging into soft soil as the vehicle left the roadway.
Un-tripped rollovers are much less common, and they usually involve top-heavy vehicles, such as SUVs and large pickups with higher centers of gravity, that are engaged in accident-avoidance maneuvers (often at high speeds, but not always). Such vehicles can also roll over if a driver takes a turn too fast.
Your tires connect you with the road and are crucial to your safety as a driver. Defective tires can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and to roll over. Furthermore, a blowout can become its own tripping mechanism and lead to a rollover crash.
While most rollovers are identified as single-vehicle crashes, another vehicle in a multi-vehicle collision can also cause rollovers. This often results from the negligent acts of another driver, which can include speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving, violating traffic laws, and so much more.
Roadways themselves can contribute to rollover accidents. Rural highways can be especially dangerous, because they tend to be undivided and devoid of safety barriers. Poor road maintenance, inadequate signage, poorly executed road construction, and other preventable hazards can also contribute to rollover accidents.
Rollovers are extremely violent and often deadly. These accidents are usually the result of a complex combination of factors. If you or someone you care about has been injured—or worse, killed—in a rollover, you need a skilled personal injury attorney with experience investigating the specific underlying causes of rollover accidents. If you’ve suffered because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve just compensation.
If You’ve Been Injured in a Rollover, Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or your loved one has been injured in a rollover caused by someone else’s negligence, you understand how devastating that can be. After seeking immediate medical attention, consult with a skilled Richmond, Virginia, personal injury lawyer with experience in rollover cases. The legal team at Emroch & Kilduff has the experience, expertise, and dedication to ascertain the cause of your rollover and fight for your just compensation. We will analyze the evidence in your case, explain your legal rights and options, and guide you toward your claim’s best possible resolution. We’re here to help, so contact or call us at (804) 358-1568 for an initial consultation today.