It’s no secret that rollover crashes are one of the most deadly types of crashes to be involved in. Even with modern safety advances like seat belts, airbags and steel construction, rollover crashes can still leave victims catastrophically injured or worse. Because it takes a great deal of speed and force to roll a vehicle over, these crashes are often incredibly damaging. Of course, always wearing your seat belt for every trip is a great way to improve your chances of surviving a rollover crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer needs to be a top priority to get the ball rolling on your case during recovery.
What Causes Rollover Accidents
A variety of different factors can contribute to a rollover accident. We always think about overcorrection, which does happen quite often with rollover crashes. Overcorrection usually occurs when a car veers off the roadway and a driver jerks the wheel in efforts to get back into the lane. This can cause an overcorrection to happen which can quickly lead to a dangerous or deadly rollover accident. Alcohol is also a common factor for one-vehicle rollover crashes. Rollover crashes can also happen when drivers swerve to avoid hazards in the roadway during an otherwise routine driving experience. Listed below are just a few common causes that we see with rollover crashes.
Common Rollover Crash Causes
- Vehicle type
- Routine Driving
- Single Vehicle Crashes
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Rollover accident occur at high speeds and take an incredibly amount of force. That’s why these types of accidents are among some of the most dangerous and deadly across the nation. When your car rolls over, you’re at risk for being crushed. Some cars flip multiple times, coming to rest on their tops. It’s not uncommon for first responders to have to extricate victims using the ‘jaws of life.’ Surviving victims of rollover crashes might be facing extensive medical bills and recovery periods, in addition to lost wages.
Rollover Accident Statistics
- Rollover crashes account for 33 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities.
- More than 10,000 people are killed in rollover crashes each year.
- You’re 75 percent less likely to be killed in a rollover crash if you’re wearing a seat belt.
- Taller narrow vehicles are more likely to rollover.
Avoiding a Rollover Accident
There are ways to avoid having a rollover accident. Nearly ¾ of fatal rollovers occurred in areas where speed limits were 55 miles per hour or higher, and about 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speed. Always driving the posted speed limit is a good way to practice safe driving. This also means you should be adjusting your speed for conditions as well. If visibility is poor and the roads are rain slicked, slow down. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is also a critical part of crash avoidance.
An important part of improving survivability in a rollover crash, or any type of crash, is buckling up your seat belt. Rollover crashes are especially violent and passengers could be ejected and crushed if they’re not buckled up. Objects in motion stay in motion. Don’t count on the windows or airbags to stop you from becoming a human projectile. Buckle up, for every trip, and if you’ve been injured in a rollover accident in Jackson or the surrounding areas, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon a possible after your wreck.
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If you or a loved one has been injured as a passenger in a rollover accident, you’re likely facing medical bills, painful injuries, lost wages and a long road to recovery. If a dangerous, distracted or drunk driver caused the vehicle you were in to rollover, it’s time to talk to a lawyer. Don’t count on the insurance company to have your back either. They’re looking out for the company’s bottom line. The last thing they want to do is payout on claims, no matter how legitimate and deserving they are. You need a lawyer on your side, looking out for your rights and your family’s best interests.
After a rollover accident or any type of car accident in Jackson, you need to speak with a lawyer as swiftly as possible. Cases are often time sensitive. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a rollover accident, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.