Automobile crashes happen in all types and manners, and any kind of crash can seriously injure or cause death to anyone involved. One type of crash, however, is notoriously serious and deadly – the rollover crash. While these types of crashes only account for a very small percentage of all accidents, with rates somewhere around three percent, approximately thirty percent of all deaths of accident victims were involved in a rollover crash. With death rates this high, we need to take a look at the causes of these incidents, the aftermath, and what can be done to avoid them.
What Causes A Rollover Crash To Happen?
Rollover crashes are complex accidents that are typically caused by a combination of several different factors. First and foremost, while any type of vehicle can roll over, there are certain types that are more likely to do so due to their size and shape. Vehicles that are lower to the ground are less likely to roll, but tall and narrow vehicles which are more top-heavy tend to roll more easily in a crash. Vehicles such as SUVs and vans, for instance, are more likely to roll over in an crash than a sedan or coupe style passenger vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more rollover crashes occur on rural roads with higher posted speed limits, as those roads often do not have barriers or dividers. Other factors such as excessive speed, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and inattentiveness during routine driving often contribute to a rollover crash. Interestingly, a high percentage of rollover crashes involve only one vehicle, which limits the potential causes of any given crash to just one driver’s actions instead of two. This fact alone would suggest that a driver’s actions are strongly linked to the occurrence of a rollover crash.
All Rollover Crashes Are Not The Same
While these types of crashes may all end up with the same result – with the car turning over, sometimes repeatedly, until coming to a stop – they do not all start in the same way. Rollover crashes occur in two different ways: tripped and untripped. Nearly all rollover crashes are tripped – but what does that mean? When your vehicle slides sideways on the road surface and goes off the side of the road, and your tires dig into the soil or your car hits something like a guardrail, curb, or a steep slope, this can cause your vehicle to roll over. The other type of rollover crash, the untripped rollover, occurs much less frequently, mainly with top-heavy vehicles that either fail to negotiate a turn or fail to successfully manage some sort of maneuver attempted to avoid a crash at higher speeds.
Avoiding A Rollover – And Surviving One If It Does Happen
Some incidents are unavoidable, to be sure, but as discussed above, rollovers are more likely to be caused in some way by driver behavior; therefore, some simple measures can help to minimize the likelihood of being involved in a rollover crash. Choosing a vehicle that has a lower chance of rolling over is a good first step in avoiding this dangerous type of incident. Once on the road, though, paying attention at all times when behind the wheel, being aware of your vehicle’s performance, keeping speed under control, and not driving while impaired are some of the steps you can take while driving. Proper tire maintenance is essential as is making sure your vehicle is not loaded improperly so that it becomes top heavy or off-balance. Finally, wearing a seatbelt can make the difference between life and death if you should be involved in a rollover crash, as half of all deaths in rollover crashes occur when vehicle occupants are thrown from the vehicle. Staying inside the vehicle is always much safer place than to be ejected from the vehicle at a high rate of speed, no longer protected by the vehicle’s body.
Legal Help Is Available Today
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a crash, the personal injury attorneys at The Jaklitsch Law Group are here to help you recover for your losses. Crash cases can be complex matters and require skillful attention to detail and a thorough assessment of all of the facts. Our attorneys have helped crash victims throughout Maryland and Washington, DC facing difficult legal matters, and have successfully obtained results for our clients. In times like these, leave nothing to chance. Contact The Jaklitsch Law Group online or call today at (301) 627-8700 or 866-586-6079to schedule your appointment and let our experienced legal professionals help you to get the results you are entitled to receive.