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
- 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
- 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
Injuries Commonly Resulting from Rollover Accidents
Resulting injuries can include:
- severe head injuries, including traumatic
- internal injuries;
- paralysis;, and
Head trauma is the most frequent type of injury
that results from a rollover crash.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a rollover
accident, you should immediately contact a
Rollover cases require particularly thorough
investigation to determine the responsible party and
the full extent of the injuries resulting from the
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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