Experiencing your car rolling over in an accident is a terrifying experience. Rollover accidents happen, and they can cause serious injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover crashes constitute 1/5 of fatal crashes. Understanding the common causes of rollover accidents can help you protect yourself and your family from these devastating accidents. The most common cause of rollover accidents is driver error. There are a number of negligent things that drivers can do to cause rollover accidents. These include:
Driving With Excessive Speed
Driving over the speed limit is one of the most common causes of rollover accidents. Speed plays a larger part in rollover accidents than it does in any other kind of fatal accident. Speeding is a factor in 40% of fatal rollovers on highways with a speed limit of 55 mph or more. When one vehicle hits another at a high rate of speed, the results are bound to be devastating.
Why Are the Injuries in Truck Accidents Worse Than in Car Accidents?
Large trucks weigh significantly more than cars. Any collision with a truck is going to have a greater impact on the driver and passengers of a car. Many smaller vehicles lack the protection necessary to prevent injury in a truck accident, and injuries can be severe.
Drivers who do not have their eyes on the road can cause serious rollover accidents. Drivers may lose control of their vehicle or take risky maneuvers that can cause a collision. Distracted drivers also may not be aware of how fast they are driving, and the resulting impact can cause another vehicle to tip over.
Driving While Impaired
When drivers are impaired, the likelihood of a rollover accident is increased. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs lack the judgment to drive in a safe manner. They are more likely to make mistakes and drive recklessly.
Problems With Tires
Vehicles that experience tire failure also have a tendency to roll over. This is especially true for SUVs. When there is a tire tread separation or tire failure, it makes it more difficult for a driver to control the vehicle. Tire problems can be the result of poor maintenance and worn or damaged tires. They can also result from tires that have not been manufactured safely.
Design or manufacturing defects in vehicles can also result in rollover accidents. Many vehicles today come with electronic stability control to prevent a rollover. However, if this system is faulty, a vehicle may be more prone to rollover. In addition, the design of a vehicle such as an SUV may make it more likely to roll over.
Contact an Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a rollover accident, you should consult with an experienced accident attorney. Gregg Goldfarb has been helping car accident victims for over 25 years. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.