Main Reasons for Deadly Rollover Vehicle Accidents
Rollover car accidents are especially violent car wrecks that can cause victims to suffer long-term injuries or death. Some rollover accidents only involve a single vehicle.
However, this doesn't necessarily mean the driver was the cause of the accident. Another negligent party may have been at blame in forcing the vehicle into a dangerous situation.
If you were injured in a car rollover accident, you need the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney to determine what, if any, liable parties could be responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
What Are the Major Causes of Rollover Accidents?
Here are the main causes of and contributing factors to rollovers:
- Tripping. Tripping occurs when a vehicle’s tires strikes something—like a curb, shoulder, or bump in the road—or encounters soft soil that causes an interruption of vehicle’s momentum. This can lead to the vehicle tipping sideways or forward into a roll. This is a common cause of single-vehicle rollover crashes.
- Speeding. A speeding driver is more likely to lose control of his vehicle and cause a rollover accident. In addition, rollovers are more likely on roads where vehicles can travel 55 mph or faster.
- Alcohol. Many negligent drivers who cause rollovers are intoxicated. This means they likely have impaired vision, decision-making abilities, and coordination. Intoxication contributes a great deal to a motorist's actions and loss of control.
- Rural roads. More fatal rollover accidents occur on rural roads with no barriers and speed limits of 55 mph or greater.
- Tire failure. If a vehicle’s tires are defective, worn, or in need of repair or replacement, they could suddenly fail and cause a driver to lose control.
- High center of gravity. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs, trucks, and vans, are more likely to roll over than other vehicles, especially if the driver is speeding or engaging in other negligent driving behaviors.
- Road hazards. Some rollover crashes are caused when roads are defective; warning signs of upcoming hazards—like a construction zone—aren't posted; or other dangerous conditions exist. Proving liability in road hazard cases can be more complicated, because the negligent party is a municipality. Special notice requirements and time limits for pursuing a claim may also need to be followed in these cases, making it essential to retain an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible after the wreck.
- Multi-vehicle crashes. When a vehicle is hit from the side in a multi-vehicle accident, the force of the impact can cause it to roll over, sometimes into other vehicles.
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