While many types of car accidents have the potential to result in serious injuries, certain kinds of crashes are notorious for being especially dangerous. Rollovers, for instance, are known to have particularly devastating consequences, as it is much more likely that passengers will be ejected from the car or become trapped in the vehicle itself. For these reasons, injuries sustained in rollover accidents are often serious and expensive to treat, leaving injured parties to struggle with mounting medical debt. Fortunately, those who can demonstrate that someone else’s negligence or recklessness caused their accident can collect damages to cover these and other losses, so if you were involved in a rollover collision and were not at fault, you should strongly consider contacting a car accident attorney who can walk you through the process of filing a claim against the responsible party.
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
Although any type of vehicle can roll over, certain kinds are especially prone to it. Large vehicles with a high center of gravity, for instance, rarely handle rapid maneuvers well, making it much more likely that they will roll over if involved in a collision. Other factors that play a role in causing this type of accident include:
- Tire failure, including treat separation and blowouts;
- Poor suspension; and
- Defective brakes.
Tire blowouts in particular are reported as causing the highest number of rollover accidents, especially when the vehicle in question is traveling at a high rate of speed. Another major cause of rollover accidents is tripping, which occurs when a car’s tire strikes a bump, an object in the road, or a curb, causing the vehicle to lurch sideways and eventually roll. Tripping takes place most often when roads are in a dangerous condition caused by poor maintenance, improper planning, road debris, or inclement weather. In these cases, the injured party is often able to collect compensation from the government agency responsible for maintaining the road. Alternatively, an injured party could collect damages if there is evidence that the accident was the result of a defect in the car itself, which could be caused by a problem with the design, assembly, or testing process.
Many car accident victims walk away with only a few scrapes and bruises or no injuries at all. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case with rollovers, as passengers are much more likely to be thrown from the vehicle if they were not wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. Rollovers also cause significant structural damage to the vehicle itself, which can leave victims trapped in the car and unable to receive medical attention without the aid of heavy equipment. For these reasons, rollover survivors often suffer from permanent disabilities related to head trauma, broken bones, and spinal cord damage.
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At the SAM LAW OFFICE LLC, we are dedicated to helping our clients seek compensation from those who caused their accident-related injuries, so if you were hurt in a rollover accident or another type of collision, please call 847-255-9925 today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team. Our dedicated attorneys will help you throughout each step of your case.