One of the most dangerous accidents on the road is called a rollover. This describes the action of a car flipping over and occasionally rolling several times before coming to a complete stop. Gaining a deeper understanding of how these dangerous accidents happen in the first place can help you better protect yourself out there.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that driver error plays a significant role in rollover accidents. A driver’s panicked over-correction in the face of a driving emergency can result in a rollover accident. While telling someone do not panic is great advice, that’s hard to do when you find yourself in the middle of a driving emergency.
Nevertheless, when it comes to driving emergencies, stay focused on your primary responsibility of driving safely by remaining as calm as you can, reacting as safely as you can, and resisting the urge to allow panic to influence your actions. Driving is a tremendous responsibility that you should never take lightly. When you get behind the wheel, pay attention to the task at hand—driving safely.
Even a driving error as seemingly minor as allowing your tires to drift off the road can—when overcorrected—lead to a rollover accident. When you’re driving at highway speeds, overcorrections create even more dangers.
If you were injured in a rollover accident that another driver’s negligence caused, you need experienced legal counsel. Rollovers can overwhelm anyone, and you well may feel an utter loss regarding how best to proceed.
Working with another driver’s insurance company to request compensation for damages can quickly become complicated. Attorney Michael A. Abelson at The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C, cares about your claim and has the experience, skill, and determination to help effectively and efficiently fight for your just resolution. Your claim matters, and he’s here to help.
Rollovers: How They Happen
Every rollover accident is unique, and any number of factors can cause these accidents. The NHTSA, however, reports that rollovers are closely associated with the interplay between motorists, the condition of the road, and the environment—in other words, when these elements detrimentally align, a rollover accident is more likely to take place. Some of the factors related to rollover accidents include:
- The need to speed. Speed is more closely associated with rollover-related fatalities than any other accident-related fatality. Almost 40 percent of rollovers involve a driver who was excessively speeding, and almost 75 percent of these accidents took place on roadways with posted speed limits of at least 55 miles per hour.
- Impaired drivers. Every driver understands the extreme danger of driving under the influence of alcohol, but many drivers continue to do so. Nearly half of all rollover fatalities involve impaired drivers. Drinking—even at a level that fails to reach the legal limit—impairs a driver’s coordination, vision, and good judgment, all of which are necessary for driving safely and for reacting properly to driving emergencies.
- Bad tires. The condition of your tires plays a critical role in your safety behind the wheel. Your vehicle’s tires are what tether you to the road, and when those tires go bald, wear down, suffer damage, or lose air, they can decrease your ability to safely control your car. Good tires are one of the most important factors in decreasing your risk of a rollover accident.
- Scenic byways. Surprisingly, most rollover accidents happen on rural roads. Such roads are generally constructed less safely—they’re often undivided, and they frequently lack barriers and other safety mechanisms that more trafficked highways and interstates are afforded.
Rollovers: The Statistics
The NHTSA shares several significant statistics about rollover accidents:
- Rollovers caused a third of U.S. traffic fatalities, which amounts to more than 10,000 deaths each year
- Vehicles with higher centers of gravity, including many minivans, SUVs, and pickups, are most likely to roll over in single-vehicle accidents
- Rollover accident victims who are wearing seatbelts have a 75 percent better chance of surviving their accidents
Rollovers are classified by the NHTSA as either tripped or un-tripped accidents, and 95 percent of all single-vehicle rollovers are tripped. This means that the car’s tires catch on something on the roadway. Such tripping obstacles can include the edge of the road, debris, a significantly damaged road, a slippery road, a steep slope, or even a safety rail. Furthermore, the soft soil that abuts some rural roads can suck a car’s tires in and pull the vehicle into a tripped rollover accident.
Un-tripped rollover accidents are far less common, and they typically occur when a driver in a top-heavy vehicle like a van, SUV, or pickup overcorrects in a driving emergency (to avoid another kind of accident in the first place). These accidents can also happen when a driver tries to take a turn at a high speed. These un-tripped rollovers often—but not always—occur at high speeds.
The Other Vehicle
While many rollover accidents are single-vehicle accidents, this isn’t always the case. Another driver’s negligence can cause your injury in a rollover. Typically, excessive speed, driver impairment, slippery road conditions, and failing to accommodate for those unsafe conditions may play a significant role in these accidents.
If Someone Else’s Negligence Left You Injured in a Rollover, Contact an Experienced Washington, D.C., Personal Injury Attorney Today
Even a minor car accident can upset anyone, but a rollover accident can leave you terrified. If another driver’s negligence left you injured in a rollover accident, you need experienced legal counsel. Attorney Michael A. Abelson at The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C., has the compassion, determination, and experience to help with your rollover accident. He’s committed to aggressively advocating for the compensation to which you are entitled. Your claim matters, so please contact or call him at (202) 331-0600 today.