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Rollover Accidents

Each year in the U.S.

  • there are approximately 69,000 rollover accidents that result in occupant injuries;
  • there are between 3,000 and 4,000 rollover accidents that result in the deaths of one or more individuals;
  • there are more than 10,000 people who die as a result of a rollover accident
  • rollover accidents account for approximately 10 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents;
  • rollover accidents account for almost 25 percent of all motor vehicle accident deaths; and
  • rollovers involving single-vehicle accidents account for approximately 50 percent of all deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents.

Common Causes of Rollover Accidents

Many factors can contribute to the occurrence of a rollover, including:

  • The type of vehicle.
    • Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are the most prone to rollover because their elevated height and narrow width tend to make them top-heavy and more likely to tip. For example, in 1998, 62 percent of all fatalities involving SUVs resulted from rollovers, compared with 22 percent of fatal accidents involving cars.
    • Light trucks and vans also pose a greater danger than cars. Light trucks and vans also have a higher center of gravity, resulting in instability under certain circumstances.
  • Poor roadway design accounts for most rollovers, as a vehicle runs off a road and then rolls over.
  • Drunk driving, and other unsafe and reckless driving behaviors also contribute to the occurrence of rollovers. When a driver speeds or engages in abrupt driving maneuvers, the risk of rollover increases, especially when there is a top-heavy vehicle, like an SUV, involved.

Why Rollover Accidents Are So Dangerous

Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous types of crashes. Occupants of rollover vehicles are subjected to particularly severe injuries for three main reasons.

  • First, rollover crashes place a vehicle in an unpredictable motion.
  • Second, occupants of a rolling vehicle are often thrown out of the vehicle.
  • Third, rollovers often occur at high speeds.

Injuries Commonly Resulting from Rollover Accidents

Resulting injuries can include:

  • severe head injuries, including traumatic brain injury;
  • internal injuries;
  • paralysis;, and
  • death

Head trauma is the most frequent type of injury that results from a rollover crash.

Legal Options

If you or a loved one have been injured in a rollover accident, you should immediately contact a competent attorney. Rollover cases require particularly thorough investigation to determine the responsible party and the full extent of the injuries resulting from the accident.

Our law firm, together with the network of other law firms that we work with, helps victims of personal injury nationally.

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