Why Rollover Accidents are FatalOctober 19, 2018
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that over 280,000 rollover accidents occur in this country each year, resulting in more than 10,000 fatalities annually. SUVs, minivans, and trucks are particularly susceptible to rollover accidents due to their high center of gravity, and the fact that they are often carrying heavy loads that make them top-heavy. Many of these accidents can be prevented by using extra caution in certain situations, and always following the rules of the road.
What Causes a Rollover Accident?
Rollovers occur when a vehicle’s stability is compromised. Vehicles with a high center of gravity and a narrow track are more likely to become unstable than vehicles with a lower center of gravity and a wider track. When approaching a sharp curve at a high speed, or making a quick change in direction, vehicles like SUVs and trucks are more likely to rollover once they begin to skid sideways. In addition, pickup trucks have a higher ground clearance for off-road driving.
Most rollover fatalities involve single-vehicle accidents. These usually take place on weekends and the drivers are often males under the age of 25 who are under the influence of alcohol. Statistics also show that 75 percent of the victims of fatal rollovers were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. As a result, they were ejected from the vehicle, which contributed to the severity of the injuries.
Federal Rollover Standard Could Help Prevent Future Accidents
While cars and trucks are not currently subject to the federal rollover standard, this may change in the future. The NHTSA introduced a rollover rating system in 2001, which is based on an analysis of a vehicle’s center of gravity and the width between the front tires. If a vehicle is involved in a rollover accident, the vehicle information that was collected in the police report is compared to the NHTSA rollover rating, which is based on a five-star system. A vehicle with a five-star rating has a rollover risk of less than 10 percent, whereas a vehicle with a one-star rating is over 40 percent more likely to rollover.
When a vehicle flips over and lands upside down, the passengers of the vehicle can suffer severe, life-threatening injuries. The following are more common injuries that can occur in a rollover accident:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck injuries, including whiplash, herniated discs, and nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones, including arms, legs, and ankles
- Cuts, bruises, lacerations, and soft tissue injuries
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Victims of Rollover Accidents
If you have been seriously injured in a rollover accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will thoroughly investigate the details of your accident and determine who is responsible for your injuries. We will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve and ensure that your legal rights are protected. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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