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Rollover car crashes are among the scariest and most dangerous types of vehicle crashes. In fact, approximately 10,000 Americans die in a rollover car crash each year. These types of crashes have a higher fatality rate than other types of collisions. While rollover accidents account for just over 2 percent of all vehicle crashes, they account for nearly 35 percent of all deaths in passenger vehicle crashes. If you or a loved one were involved in a rollover car crash, contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with a qualified Rollover Car Crash Lawyer. We have a legal team that can provide you with the answers you need if you’re wondering if a rollover accident lawsuit is the right step for you.
The Carlson Law Firm has more than 40 years of experience representing victims of car crashes. Our longevity and success are largely due to our dedication to our clients. From the first moment you contact us, we will show you why you made the right choice. A rollover car crash lawyer from our firm will alleviate the stress that comes along with legal claim. In the event of the negligence of another party, we can help you take on the at-fault parties and insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve. Our firm has a well-qualified team of attorneys, nurses and investigators on staff with the experience to assist you with getting the medical help you need in addition to your financial recovery.
What are the different types of rollover crashes?
Like other car crashes, there are several factors that influence a rollover accident. However, rollover crashes are divided into two categories: tripped and untripped.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these types of rollover crashes account for 95 percent of single vehicle rollovers. To be classified as a tripped rollover accident, contributing factors and conditions produced a tripping force against the tires. These accidents mostly occur after a driver maneuver applies force to the tire’s sidewalls. For example, if a car hit a curb, soft dirt or collided with another vehicle at a high speed, a vehicle may flip over.
Untripped accidents are much less common and account for approximately 5 percent of rollover crashes. Untripped rollovers are usually caused by avoidance maneuvers by the driver. These types of rollover crashes are common in minivans, SUVs and trucks.
If you were involved in a rollover car crash and suffered serious injuries, contact The Carlson Law Firm. A rollover car crash lawyer is ready to assist you with your claim.
What are the common causes of rollover accidents?
Rollover crashes are some of the most violent types of car accidents. While the vehicle type does play a significant role in if a vehicle will roll over, it is not the main factor. Rollovers are often a reflection of the interaction between the driver, road, vehicle and other environmental factors. Even when vehicle occupants survive a rollover crash, they are prone to suffering serious injuries. Being aware of what causes rollover accidents can not only help avoid them but can help to know what to do in the event of a rollover crash.
Common causes and contributing factors to vehicle rollovers include the following:
Tire Blowouts and Tread Separation
In contrast to being a piece of equipment affected by a rollover accident, tires can sometimes be the actual provoker of such a crash. On minivans, trucks and SUV’s that are particularly at risk of rolling, a tire blowout or tread separation resulting from defective tires can be fatal, especially when they occur on the rear tires. Old rubber, negligent manufacturing, and improper installation can all lead to tread separation and tire blowouts that cause vehicles to flip over.
Most rollover accidents involve one vehicle, which becomes tripped up on a variety of surfaces, objects, and terrains. Additionally, accidents involving other cars can spark a rollover crash.
Poor maintenance and a lack of warning signs can lead to conditions that lead to rollover crashes. For example, as vehicles approach construction zones, there may be hazardous equipment left in the road that may lead to a rollover.
Higher Center of gravity
SUVs, minivans and large pickup trucks have higher profiles. These high profiles make their designs more prone to rollovers than other vehicles. This is true even under relatively mild conditions.
Rollovers can happen when vehicles are struck from the side by another vehicle. In fact, according to the NHTSA, 20 percent of rollover accidents happen this way.
According to the NHTSA, almost 50 percent of fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol. Impairment can result from any blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above .00. Even a small amount of alcohol can have a negative impact on your judgment, muscular coordination, and vision.
Fatal rollover crashes are often closely tied to speeding. The NHTSA reports that 40 percent of fatal rollover car crashes involve excessive speeding. In addition, nearly 75 percent of fatal rollover car crashes occur when the posted speed limit is 55 mph or higher.
Data from the NHTSA suggest that more than 90 percent of vehicles involved in a fatal, single-vehicle rollover car crash involved routine driving. This means that most crashes occur while a driver is going straight or along a curve at the time of the crash. In addition, this suggests that driver behavior such as distracted driving or inattentiveness plays a major role in rollover crashes.
While crashes are never expected, car manufacturers have a legal duty to design and manufacture vehicles in a way that makes their vehicle safe. When this standard is not met, it can lead to roof failure or roof crush. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries because of roof crush, contact The Carlson Law Firm. We can help you determine who is at fault for your injuries. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a rollover car crash lawyer today.
Texas Rollover Accidents: Cause and Effect
Studies suggest that nearly 85 percent of all rollover car crashes that involve fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes. Although specific characteristics of a vehicle should provide protection for occupants, some design flaws and defects in autos and their equipment can create an increased risk of rollover. Some common defects that can sparks dangerous and deadly accidents include:
- Defective tires
- Weak pillar design
- Deficient glass
- Seatbelt failure
Weak Roof Pillars
The roof pillars for vehicles provide support, reinforcing the region to prevent the protective space in a car, truck or SUV from being crushed during a rollover accident. Strong materials comprising a quality designed roof can help prevent some of the crushing blows that occur as a vehicle rolls and flips, safeguarding the neck and head from brain injury, spine injury, head injury, and neck injury. Additionally, a negligently designed and manufactured vehicle roof can make it difficult for passengers and drivers to escape from harm or be rescued from within the constraints caused by accident damages.
Defective Auto Glass
Glass used within vehicles can similarly provide reinforcement depending on the strength of the material. Windows are a frightening source of ejection, especially when windows shatter, leaving occupants within a car vulnerable to partial or full ejection during an accident. Despite the higher levels of safety provided by the laminated glass, many vehicle manufacturers continue to use tempered glass, which is not as effective at keeping occupants within a vehicle. For mere dollars more, vehicles can be equipped with safer, laminated glass.
Seatbelt Damage and Failure
Seatbelt failure is not always tied to a rollover accident, but the relation of how a seatbelt is attached to the vehicle can sometimes be affected during a roof crush accident. As a roof crushes it can negatively inhibit the seatbelts in a car, truck or SUV, preventing optimum performance. Fully functioning seatbelts are imperative to keeping occupants within a vehicle safe during an accident.
Defective equipment in a rollover crash can lead to serious or fatal injuries. Contact a qualified Rollover Car Crash Lawyer to discuss your recovery options.
Common Injuries in a Rollover Car Crash
When you are involved in a rollover crash, you are at risk for several injuries. Some of the more significant injuries include the following:
- Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Chest Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises
If medical bills are piling up or you’ve lost wages because of injuries sustained in a rollover car crash, contact The Carlson Law Firm. A qualified Texas Rollover Car Crash Lawyer will help you get the medical and financial recovery you need to begin putting your life back together.
NHTSA Rollover Resistance Ratings
The National Highway Transportation Safety Association’s rollover rating examines the likelihood that a vehicle will roll over. The agency does so by conducting on-road Dynamic Rollover, or vehicle in-motion, Tests on most new SUVs, pickups, and minivans. The tests score rollover propensity by putting vehicles through handling a maneuver calls a fishhook. A fishhook maneuver is a quick left-right turn done at speeds ranging from 35 to 50 mph. This action simulates a driver overcorrecting the vehicle’s steering in unexpected situations.
If during the test, the vehicle lifts two wheels off the ground it is considered “tip up” and testing stops. However, if the vehicle slides out or gets through the test without incident at 50 mph, it passes.
Static Stability Factor
Until 2004, NHTSA rated rollover propensity with a static (non-moving) measurement. This measurement was determined by the vehicle’s shape and weight distribution. The Static Stability Factor (SSF), is derived from a formula that compares a vehicle’s track width with its center of gravity height. However, 2004 models and newer have undergone the NHTSA dynamic test.
Typically, NHTSA only conducts dynamic rollover tests on two sedans per year. The agency then assigns a vehicle rollover based on SSF alone.
What do Rollover Resistance Scores Mean?
NHTSA combines the SSF and dynamic test to assign a 1-5 rollover resistance score. The higher the score the better. For example, a five-star score means that in a single-vehicle crash, a vehicle has 10 percent or less chance to roll over. However, a one-star score means that the rollover likelihood is 40 percent or more.
Several SUVs have tipped during NHTSA’s dynamic testing. This isn’t surprising because the test is designed to provoke a tip-up if a steering maneuver can produce one. However, surprisingly, because the government’s rollover rating give much more weight to the SSF, a tip-up in a dynamic test doesn’t affect a vehicle’s star rating much. This is because NHTSA believes untripped rollovers are rare.
Contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with a qualified Rollover Car Crash Lawyer if you suffered serious injuries in a rollover crash.
What is Roof Crush?
Rollovers lead to a significant increase in the risk of roof crush. Roof crush is the failure and displacement of a vehicle’s roof into the passenger compartment during a rollover accident. It accounts for approximately 30 percent of all light vehicle occupant fatalities.
The roof of a car, SUV or truck needs to be able to withstand the combined force and weight of the vehicle. A weak roof can deform and collapse in the passenger compartment. When this occurs the survival for occupants greatly decreases. A major roof crush injury includes contact with the crushing roof causing serious, or fatal, head and spine injuries.
What are common roof crush injuries?
If roof crush were eliminated, it could save about 667 lives annually. Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death are among the most common roof crush injuries. Other roof crush injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Bruised organs
- Deep lacerations
- Loss of limbs
- Blood loss
- Nerve damage
- Brain damage
- Wrongful death
Contact a Carlson Law Firm Rollover Car Crash Lawyer
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