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While every car accident is capable of causing injury, rollover accidents are a particularly dangerous type of crash. As the name implies, in a rollover accident, a vehicle leaves its tires and rolls over onto its side or roof. Rollovers are exactly as dangerous as they sound, as once a vehicle rolls, the driver is unable to control the vehicle, putting everyone in the vicinity at risk. In many cases, these kinds of accidents result in serious, life-changing injuries, including broken bones, brain injuries, serious soft tissue injuries, and even spinal cord injuries.
Cars and trucks can roll over for a number of reasons, including driver error and vehicle defects. For victims, what is important is that when rollovers occur because of negligence, people who are hurt are typically entitled to compensation. To learn whether you can recover damages for your rollover accident, call us today at (843) 881-8644 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Here are some sobering statistics provided by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) regarding rollover accidents:
The NHTSA reports that many rollover accidents happen when drivers overcorrect in driving emergencies. It’s not, however, surprising that a driving emergency would elicit a panicked response. Further, saying don’t panic and not panicking are two very different things. In fact, something as seemingly mundane as your car’s tires drifting onto the shoulder of the road can result in a rollover accident—especially if you attempt to overcorrect for your driving error by jerking your steering wheel to get you back on track. Traveling at highway speeds—and beyond—exacerbates the problem and makes it more likely that you’ll lose control of your vehicle while engaged in an overcorrection.
Rollovers happen, and the NHTSA has determined that they—more so than other kinds of accidents—are closely associated with the interplay between the driver, the vehicle involved, the road and its condition, and the environment. When these elements align negatively, a rollover can be the result. Further, the NHTSA shares several causative factors:
The NHTSA classifies rollover accidents as either tripped or un-tripped. The vast majority of single-vehicle rollover accidents (95 percent) are tripped accidents, which means that the vehicle was tripped by something on the road. This could mean an obstacle or debris on the road, a damaged road, a curb, a steep slope, or even a guardrail. An un-tripped accident, on the other hand, is usually the result of a top-heavy vehicle overcorrecting in a driving emergency.\
Many rollover accidents are single-vehicle affairs, but multi-vehicle accidents can also cause rollovers. Often, excessive speed, driver impairment, and failure to adjust to bad road conditions play causative roles in multi-vehicle rollover accidents. Multi-vehicle rollover accidents often present complicated legal issues regarding causation, and it can require significant legal analysis to determine just who may be responsible for a crash. In some cases, more than one driver is responsible, and liability must be apportioned between them based on their relative degree of fault.
Rollover accidents are certainly among the most terrifying accidents in which a person can be involved. If you’ve been injured in a rollover accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need experienced legal counsel. At the Hughey Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina, our dedicated car accident attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and commitment to aggressively advocate for your right to recover compensation. We’re here to help, so please contact us or call our office at (843) 881-8644 today.
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