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Rollover Crashes: Rare, But Often Fatal

Categorized as Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

Why Rollover Crashes are Considered the Most Dangerous

A rollover crash is identified by a vehicle that has flipped onto its side or roof — and although rare, they often come with fatal consequences. According to a 2002 study by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), rollover crashes are a significant contributor to traffic crash deaths in the United States. Read on to learn more about how rollover crashes happen and the risk factors involved.

Why Rollover Crashes Occur

Rollover crashes are far more likely to result in a fatality than any other type of motor vehicle crash. Here are some reasons why rollover crashes happen.

  • Reckless driving: making risky moves on the road, such as speeding, taking sharp turns, can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and turn over.
  • Defective vehicle parts: vehicle defects that cause tire failure, such as tread separation, can increase the risk of a rollover crash.
  • Multi-vehicle crashes: typically, rollover crashes are single-vehicle accidents. However, when crashing with another vehicle at high speeds, the impact can cause a severe force, resulting in a vehicle turnover.

Who is Most at Risk of a Rollover Crash?

While anyone can be at risk of being involved in a rollover crash, driving or being an occupant in the following types of vehicles pose a higher risk of a rollover accident:

  • Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs).
  • Large trucks/Commercial vehicles.
  • Vans.
  • Buses.

Larger vehicles, such as those listed above, are more prone to rollover accidents due to their higher center of gravity and weight that can be hard to maneuver when making sudden driving moves.

Injured in a Rollover Crash? We Are Here to Help.

Injuries from a rollover crash are often catastrophic. From traumatic brain injuries to spinal cord injuries, the long-term effects can be devastating to victims and their families. If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries and need help filing an accident claim, our team of experienced attorneys is here to protect your rights.

When your crash was due to the negligence of another party, let us be your advocate in holding the responsible parties accountable for their careless actions. When you have to face the costs of medical care, treatments, and therapies related to your injuries, the financial strains can be overwhelming. Know that you are not alone, and you have the right to receive compensation.

Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. today at 816-888-8888 to speak with an attorney about your potential case.