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Common Causes of Rollover Crashes

Common Causes of Rollover Crashes

There are various kinds of car accidents that can occur on the road, but one of the most dangerous types of vehicular crashes are rollover accidents. Rollovers are caused when a car, bus, or truck turns over onto its side or roof. While rollovers occur in only 3% of serious crashes, they also comprise almost 30% of people killed in car crashes.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association, driver error plays a role in rollover accidents. While sometimes weather conditions, like icy roads, can contribute to rollovers, many crashes have proved the be the fault of the driver.

Common causes of rollovers include:

  • Driving while impaired: While driving under the influence is always dangerous, it’s also one of the leading causes of rollovers, as half of all fatal rollovers involve an impaired driver. Having a slow response time due to being under the influence can cause you to overcompensate if you need to brake at the last moment.
  • Driving with excessive speed: Speeding is a factor in almost 40% of all fatal rollovers that happen on roads with a 55-mph speed limit or above.
  • Traveling on rural roads: If you’re driving in the countryside, roads and highways can sometimes lack safety measures, and 75% of all rollover fatalities happen on rural roads with speed limits of at least 55-mph.
  • Driving on worn or damaged tires: Losing control of your vehicle is more common when your tires are worn or damaged, and are unable to keep your car safely connected to the road.

In order to avoid rollovers, it’s recommended that drivers don’t overcompensate in emergency situations. When there’s an emergency that requires fast action, rollovers can be caused when drivers panic and slam on the brakes or veer off course. By staying calm and safely steering through the emergency, you can avoid getting into an accident that causes your car to flip on its side or roof.

Common Injuries Associated with Rollovers

During a rollover accident, five parts of your body typically suffer the most: your head and neck, thorax, abdomen, upper limbs, and lower limbs.

Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts, scrapes, and bruises

These injuries can be caused by being tossed within your car, being thrown out of your car, coming into contact with broken glass or metal, or slamming into another car or obstacle. Many rollover accident injuries are catastrophic and require extensive medical treatment, which can add up to expensive bills. A personal injury lawyer can seek compensation in your claim.

Committed to Your Recovery

When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may feel powerless to recover, especially if you have a looming financial debt as a result of treating your injuries. Fortunately, you have options when you hire our personal injury lawyers. At Daspit Law Firm, we’re committed to helping our clients recover financial compensation for their losses, which can include medical bills, lost work income, physical impairment, disfigurement, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.

Those responsible for your injuries should have to pay the maximum amount to help you heal. Whether you were in a car accident, boat accident, or pedestrian accident, we can apply our experience and resources to your unique situation.

Call Daspit Law Firm at (888) 273-1045, or contact us online if you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver. Our car accident attorneys know how stressful your situation may be, which is why we’re available by phone 24/7, at night, and on weekends for our clients.

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