You are less likely to be involved in a rollover accident than just about any other kind of auto wreck.
But, if you are in a vehicle that rolls, you are more likely to die than if you are involved in most other types of traffic accidents.
Although rollovers make up only about 2 percent of crashes, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths. About one-third of all traffic deaths are the result of rollover accidents, and the survivors are more likely to suffer serious injuries.
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
Cars sometimes roll, but most rollover crashes involve SUVs, vans, and pickups.
These vehicles’ height and higher center of gravity make them more likely to roll. In the 1990s, auto makers and tire manufacturers were sued repeatedly over poor designs that made rollovers even more likely and deadlier.
These lawsuits helped to shape automakers’ designs and make the vehicles safer, but rollovers still happen, and they still usually happen in SUVs, vans, and pickups.
Risk Factors for Injury and Death In Rollover Accidents:
- Speed: Almost half of all fatal rollover crashes involve excessive speed. Even when breaking the speed limit is not a factor, rollovers are more likely to happen where speed limits are higher.
- Alcohol: Close to 50 percent of rollover crashes involve a driver who is impaired.
- Age: Young, less-experienced drivers are more likely to be involved in rollover accidents.
- Passing: Many rollover accidents happen when a driver aborts an attempt to pass another vehicle, overcorrects, and loses control.
- No seatbelt: Drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seatbelt are almost twice as likely to die in a rollover crash.
The vast majority of rollover crashes are single-car accidents. Of these, almost 95 percent are known as “tripped” rollovers, when the vehicle runs off the road and “trips” over a ditch, a curb, or a guardrail. Less common “untripped” rollovers happen when a driver loses control, often at high speeds, of a top-heavy vehicle.
Consult Your Auto Accident Attorney in SC ASAP…
If you or a loved one have been injured in a rollover accident, you should talk to your personal injury attorney immediately – before you speak to insurance company representatives.
Your attorney can help you make a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver and recover damages to help pay for medical bills, future medical costs, pain and suffering, property damage, lost income and treatment for psychological trauma.
SC Rollover Auto Accident Lawyers in Myrtle Beach
Your Myrtle Beach auto accident attorney at Axelrod and Associates will investigate your case, gather the evidence that you need, negotiate maximum compensation from the insurance company, and take them to trial if they do not pay what you are entitled to.
Schedule a free consultation with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer on the Axelrod team today. Call us at (843) 916-9300 or fill out our contact form to set up a free initial consultation about your case.