There’s a good news/bad news scenario when it comes to rollover car crashes.
Only about two percent of crashes in the United States are rollover crashes. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that over a third of passenger vehicle deaths occur in rollover crashes. What’s that add up to? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover accidents result in more than 10,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
And while death is quite obviously the worst possible outcome of a rollover crash, these kinds of accidents can lead to plenty of other serious injuries as well.
Here’s a look at the two kinds of rollover crashes, their most common causes, the most frequent injuries suffered in this kind of accident, and what you should do if you have been hurt or if a loved one has been killed in a rollover crash.
What Causes the Two Types of Rollover Crashes?
There are two varieties of rollover crashes—that is, accidents in which the vehicle involved ends up on its side or its roof.
The first and more common kind of rollover accident is known as a “tripped rollover.” This kind of accident generally involves a car or other vehicle that is sliding sideways off of the road. The tires come into contact with a soft surface on the side of the road or with an object, and the resulting force on the tires causes the rollover.
The less frequent version of a rollover crash is known as an “untripped rollover,” which means just what you would expect: the vehicle flips even though it has not encountered an object or a soft surface. Top-heavy vehicles traveling at high speed and/or in high winds are most likely to suffer an untripped rollover.
In addition to top-heaviness, common causes of rollover crashes include:
- Tire issues. Driving on tires that are in good repair is an important safety practice. If your tires are bald, over or underinflated, or the wrong type of tire for the weather conditions, you are at greater risk for a rollover accident.
- Sudden overcorrection. Drivers who are distracted, intoxicated, sleepy, or otherwise negligent sometimes snap to attention when they realize they have drifted into another lane or are approaching some sort of hazard (including another vehicle) in their path. In those circumstances, the driver is likely to overcorrect, causing the car to careen wildly and end up on its roof or side.
- Speeding. Too many people think speeding is no big deal. But the higher your speed, the more you increase your risk of a rollover crash (among many other negative outcomes). Sticking to posted speed limits and adjusting your speed for road, weather, and traffic conditions are essential aspects of safe driving.
Common Rollover Injuries and What to Do If You Are Hurt
Injuries sustained in a rollover crash can be quite severe. Common injuries include broken bones, a variety of internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. And, as we have already pointed out, rollover accidents cause a substantial number of deaths each year.
While it is true that the majority of rollover accidents involve only one vehicle, when the crash is caused by a negligent party, it is important to protect your recovery if you have been injured or if you are the survivor of someone who was killed in this kind of crash. One of the best ways to do that is to hire a personal injury attorney who can help you collect the facts about the accident, determine who was at fault, and then negotiate with the insurance company or argue your case in court if necessary.
Our Role After a Rollover Crash Is to Protect Your Interests
The lawyers of SJ Injury Attorneys know how traumatic a rollover crash can be. That is why we are committed to providing expert legal services that will protect your interests during a difficult time. Don’t let an insurance company try to lowball the amount they pay out to you. Instead, contact us right away and put us to work on your behalf.