Factors that contribute to rollover accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2015 | Car Accidents

It is fair to say that no one wants to be involved in a car accident. When they do occur, there are certain types that are more dangerous than others. For example, rollover accidents can result in devastating injuries. In addition to broken bones and bruises, spinal and brain injuries could occur. In the worst situations someone could even die. There are multiple factors that could contribute to a rollover accident occurring. 

One reason is the road itself. While these incidents can occur anywhere, roads without barriers and with speed limits 55 miles per hour or higher are particularly prone. Roads with these characteristics are often found in rural areas.

Speed is also often a factor. Close to 75 percent of these type of crashes occur on roads where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour or higher. This speed can kill. Approximately 40 percent of rollover crashes that prove to be fatal are the result of excessive speeding.

The type of vehicle being driven is also an issue. Those that have higher centers of gravity—such as vans, pickups and SUVs—are particularly susceptible in single-vehicle crash situations.

Speaking of single-vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, close to 85 percent of the deaths that occur due to rollover accidents, involve only one vehicle. This would indicate that the behaviors of the driver play a big role in these incidents occurring. One of those behaviors could be impaired driving.

Personal injury lawsuits are one option when someone is hurt or killed in a rollover accident that occurs due to the negligence of another person. A lawyer who handles these types of cases can help determine the best way to proceed.

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