Rollover car accidents cause over 30% of all car accident deaths. Those who survive rollover accidents are often left with serious, life-altering personal injuries. Some rollover accidents may actually be single-vehicle accidents, but this does not mean that you are necessarily responsible for the accident. Sometimes, faulty vehicle designs or defective roadways can contribute to the likelihood of a rollover accident.
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
“Tripping” is the root cause of almost all rollover accidents. This occurs when one of the tires on your vehicle strikes something (e.g. a curb, soft shoulder, or bump) and interrupts the momentum of your vehicle, causing it to pitch sideways or forward into a roll. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that close to 95% of all single-vehicle rollover accidents are caused by tripping.
Some of the most common contributing factors in rollover accidents are:
- A high center of gravity – SUVs, minivans, and pick-up trucks tend to have higher centers of gravity than regular vehicles, making them more likely to roll.
- Hazardous roadways – A lack of warning signs, poor road maintenance, uneven pavement, and other preventable road problems can act as tripping mechanisms, leading to serious rollover accidents.
- Tire failure – Defective tires may suddenly fail, causing you to lose control of your vehicle. Or, in some cases, defective tires can be the cause of tripping in and of themselves.
The behavior of other drivers and weather conditions can also heighten the risk of a rollover accident.
Liability in Rollover Accidents
If you have been injured in a rollover accident, you may not be sure exactly what (or who) caused your accident. Even if you suspect that a defective vehicle part or hazardous roadway might have been a contributing factor, you may not know how to go about proving it. Our experienced car accident lawyers at The Chestnut Firm can help you thoroughly investigate your rollover accident, uncovering the evidence you need to identify who is responsible, and then hold them accountable.
If you are looking for a car accident lawyer you can trust, please contact The Chestnut Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. We have the resources and experience you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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