Rollover accidents claim over 41,000 lives annually in the US. They are among the most violent types of motor vehicle accidents and often result in serious injuries and death. 30% of the fatalities in these types of accidents are passengers.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
An accident is classified as a rollover accident if a vehicle turns over. The vehicle may roll onto its roof or side. Although any vehicle can be involved in this type of accident, some vehicles are more prone to these accidents than others. SUVs, pickups and vans are good examples. These vehicles are larger and have higher centers of gravity than smaller vehicles. They are therefore more unstable at high speeds especially when going around bends.
Some of the most common causes of rollover accidents include:
- Over-correcting by drivers – this occurs when the driver jerks the wheel in one direction and loses control of the vehicle.
- Running over obstacles or potholes on the road – these may include the curb, guardrail, ditch, median or uneven parts of the pavement.
- Overloading of vehicles – excessive weight may cause the vehicle to be unstable and put it at higher risk of rollover.
- Tire or brake failure – mechanical failures may result in rollover accidents.
- Aggressive driving – driving aggressively can increase the likelihood of being involved in a rollover accident.
- Poor weather conditions – rain, hail, snow and other poor weather conditions can increase the likelihood of rollover accidents.
If you are involved in a rollover accident, it is important to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. This is important even if you’re not sure who is at fault. Your attorney will get the investigation going to determine the at-fault party and help you pursue compensation for your injuries.
You may be able to pursue:
- Car insurance
If the accident was a result of driver-related factors, such as speeding or distracted driving, you may be able to pursue the at-fault driver’s insurance company for compensation.
- Motor vehicle manufacturers
If the accident was a result of a mechanical fault that the manufacturer knew about or should have been aware of, you may be able to pursue the manufacturer for compensation.
- Vehicle owner
If the vehicle that caused the accident belongs to a company that was responsible for its upkeep and proper operation, you may pursue the company for compensation.
An experienced rollover accident law firm such as Sheridan & Rund will help you determine the right approach to take with your case. Please call us as soon as possible after your accident.