Of all types of accidents, vehicle rollovers are among the most frightening and often result in a fatality. The latest data regarding Texas rollover accidents states that 31.8% of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in 2015 were due to vehicle rollovers for a total of 739 people who lost their lives, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While rollover accidents account for just over two percent of all vehicle crashes in the U.S., they are responsible for nearly 35% of all fatalities in passenger vehicle crashes.
If you or a loved one has been injured a rollover accident, contact the Bonilla Law Firm PLLC for a free case evaluation. Our highly experienced vehicle rollover attorneys have successfully represented injured accident victims for over 30 years. Call today.
The cause of a vehicle rollover is critical as it plays a significant role in determining accident liability. Also, being aware of these common causes, reported by NHTSA, can possibly aid in preventing violent accidents if the future.
Any type of vehicle can rollover, but SUVs, pickups, and vans have higher centers of gravity, leading them to be more susceptible to rollover if involved in a single-vehicle crash.
Around 40% of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding. Nearly ¾ of fatal rollovers occurred where the posted speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher.
Nearly half of all fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol.
Fatal rollovers are more likely to take place on rural roads since they tend to be undivided and lacking barriers.
Over 90% of the vehicles at the time of a single-vehicle, fatal rollover collision was involved in routine driving maneuvers, such as going straight or negotiating a curve. The driver’s behavior, such as distraction, inattentiveness, speeding, and impaired driving plays a significant role in rollover crashes.
Nearly 85% of all rollover-related fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes, further implicating that driver behavior plays a significant role in vehicle rollovers.
Another common cause, not listed by NHTSA, is defective auto parts. If a manufacturer defect caused a rollover accident or worsened the injuries sustained, then the company might be partially responsible and could be financially liable for damages.
Vehicle rollover accidents can be very complicated and in order to litigate a successful lawsuit, a thorough investigation needs to be completed immediately so that liability may be established. The accident may need to be recreated and the vehicle will need to be secured for inspection and evaluation by experts, a qualified attorney will have the resources available to do so. Whether it is found that another driver is at fault or a defective part, hiring a lawyer experienced in vehicle rollovers and product liability suits, will ensure that a substantial case is built on your behalf in order to maximize your recovery.
We understand that this type of collision can cause serious injuries, leaving you or a loved one in physical and financial distress. Our highly qualified attorneys will evaluate your case at no cost to you, to determine the best course of action, thus alleviating you of any legal burdens so that you may focus on your recovery. Call today to schedule your free consultation so that you may obtain the compensation you deserve.