A vehicle is said to have been involved in a rollover crash when it tips over to the side or rolls over to its roof during a collision. Rollover crashes typically result in partial or complete ejection of the vehicle occupants, which increases the potential for catastrophic and fatal injuries. Vehicle rollovers account for only 1 percent of all traffic accidents nationwide. However, they result in one-third of all occupant deaths. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2015 alone, there were 22,543 deaths involving occupants of passenger vehicles. Of those, 7,210 died in rollover crashes.
So, why do rollovers occur? A number of these crashes occur when a driver loses control of the vehicle and it begins to go sideways. When this occurs, an object such as a curb, guardrail, or uneven ground could trip the vehicle and cause it rollover. Rollover crashes may also happen when a driver attempts to turn the vehicle at a high rate of speed. In such cases, the friction between the road and the tires could cause the vehicle to tip and roll over. Multi-vehicle rollovers are also common. This is where a vehicle may be struck by another vehicle. The force of the collision may cause one or more vehicles to roll over.
There are a number of reasons why rollover accidents occur. Here are some of the most common causes of these devastating crashes:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover crash, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical costs, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, and pain and suffering. Our experienced Orange County car accident attorneys will be able to examine all the facts of your case and help you secure maximum compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Call us for a free and comprehensive consultation.