While rollover accidents account for about 10 percent of all traffic accidents in the United States, these types of accidents result in an alarmingly high number of deaths. In 2007, the most recent year statistics are available, over 10,000 people were killed in rollover accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In particular, sports utility vehicles (SUVs) have a tendency to be involved in rollover accidents due to their high center of gravity, which is higher than it is for other passenger vehicles. In 2007, SUVs had the highest rate of involvement in fatal rollover accidents, accounting for approximately 34 percent of vehicles involved in those kinds of crashes.
Injuries suffered in a rollover accident can range from minor to severe, though in most cases the injuries sustained are serious. Common injuries include broken bones, internal bleeding, amputation, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and death. Often, these injuries cause victims to require extensive hospital stays, and they may need ongoing medical treatment, such as rehabilitation, to fully recover. Expenses can quickly skyrocket, which is why it is important for victims injured in rollover accidents to learn how they can receive compensation from a negligent driver by consulting with a skilled Michigan personal injury attorney.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
Many different factors and conditions can result in a rollover accident. In many cases, blame can be placed on another motorist's negligent behavior, such as driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, driving distracted by using a cell phone, eating, or falling asleep at the wheel, all of which can cause a driver to swerve to avoid a collision or drive off the road, resulting in their vehicle rolling. If a motorist drives aggressively and cuts another driver off, causing a driver to slam on their brakes or swerve, it may also cause a vehicle to roll. A collision can also cause a vehicle to roll. If it is determined another motorist's negligence resulted in a driver taking action that caused a vehicle to roll, the negligent motorist may be held accountable.
Dangerous road conditions can also cause or contribute to a rollover accident. If the road was not designed properly, if there was debris on the road left from another collision, or if traffic signals or signs weren't working or were absent completely; all of these are potential causes of a rollover accident in which a city, county, or governmental agency in charge of overseeing the road can be held liable.
A rollover accident can also occur due to mechanical failure or a defective auto part, such as a faulty air bag, tire failure, poor suspension system design, defective brakes, and more. If it is found mechanical failure or another defect was the cause of a rollover crash, the vehicle's manufacturer can be held responsible for a victim's injuries and accident-related losses.
Proving Negligence in a Rollover Accident
If you have been severely injured in a rollover crash, or if you have lost a loved one in such an accident, contact the lawyers at Lipton Law. We can help you obtain compensation from all negligent parties in order for you to move on with your life. Call our law offices at 800-CAR-CRASH to speak with one of our traffic accident attorneys in Southfield today.