The Frightening Reality Of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents contribute to about one in every three traffic accident deaths that affect people in passenger vehicles, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When not fatal, rollovers more often than not lead to severe – if not permanent – injuries, like those involving the brain or spinal cord.
After a rollover car accident, you can count on attorney Joe Reed at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC, to be an aggressive advocate for your rights. He is committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience handling traffic accident cases, he knows how to stand up for injury victims in Montgomery, Birmingham and across Alabama.
Why Are Rollovers So Deadly?
Some of the primary reasons that rollover car accidents so often result in catastrophic injuries and deaths are that these types of accidents commonly cause:
- The passenger-occupied areas of cars to be crushed or even sheared off
- People within the vehicles to be thrown from these vehicles (especially if seat belts are not being worn)
- People to be trapped within the vehicles, which can delay the administration of lifesaving medical care
What can be just as devastating as the aftermath of rollovers is the fact that, in many cases, these crashes could have been prevented if not for the negligence of some other driver or party.
What Causes Rollovers?
Some of the most common forms of negligence that often cause rollovers include:
- Other drivers’ negligence: When other motorists are not sober, responsible, attentive and sufficiently experienced behind the wheel, they are more likely to run into other vehicles and cause rollover accidents. Some specific examples of other drivers’ negligence include:
- Violating traffic laws (by, for instance, cutting off other drivers, failing to use indicators when changing lanes, running red lights, etc.)
- Driving drunk and/or under the influence of drugs
- Texting while driving or otherwise driving while distracted
- Failing to pay attention to the task of driving (by, for instance, texting while driving)
- The negligence of manufacturers: Vehicles can have dangerous or flawed designs that make them more likely to roll over. For instance, when vehicles’ centers of gravity are dangerously high, it increases the risk of rollovers, so the negligence of vehicle manufacturers may be to blame. Here, it’s also important to point out that specific parts of vehicles can have dangerous or defective designs and, therefore, significantly increase the risk of rollovers. For example, manufacturers’ negligence can contribute to rollovers when poorly designed or cheaply made tires cause blowouts and, in turn, rollover car accidents.
- Other types of negligence: There are a number of different forms of negligence that may also contribute to rollovers, with some of these including (but not being limited to):
- The negligence of the entities responsible for maintaining the roads (when dangerous road conditions cause rollovers)
- The negligence of construction crews when roadway construction sites aren’t properly set up or run, causing equipment to spill into the road and rollovers to occur
Our lawyer can help you identify what caused the accident and who is responsible.