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A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle flips or tips over onto its roof or side. While any type of automobile can rollover, most of these crashes involve vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as a sport utility vehicle (SUV) or pickup truck. Since it is possible for occupants to be ejected from the vehicle during a rollover, such accidents can result in catastrophic and fatal injuries.
Rollover accidents occur when:
- A vehicle is side-swiped or other struck by a side-impact from another vehicle
- A vehicle turns too quickly or sharply
- A vehicle drives over an object (e.g., curb, uneven pavement, guardrail, etc.)
- A vehicle falls down an embankment
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a rollover accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver in New York City, do not hesitate to let Rubenstein & Rynecki protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process and help you obtain the compensation you and your family deserve. Our firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. We understand what it takes to help you make the best possible recovery from the accident.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
According to a 2002 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover crashes are more likely to lead to deaths than any other type of car accident. Rollover accidents make up one-fifth of all fatal collisions.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that 6,358 passenger vehicle occupants died in rollover crashes in 2019, which accounted for all passenger vehicle occupant fatalities that same year. Cars accounted for 20 percent of rollover crash occupant deaths, while pickups represented 38 percent and SUVs accounted for 39 percent.
Common causes of rollover accidents include:
- Vehicles with a high center of gravity – As we have mentioned earlier, taller and narrower vehicles such as pickups, SUVs, and vans are top-heavy or have a high center of gravity, which makes them more susceptible to single-vehicle rollover accidents.
- Speeding – Driving at high speeds reduces time to react to unexpected road conditions, which can result in an over-correction or sudden swerve that causes the vehicle to rollover.
- Curved roads or exit ramps – When a top-heavy vehicle approaches a curved road or turns at high speeds, the combination of factors increases the risk of being involved in a rollover accident.
- Intoxication – A significant number of fatal rollover crashes involved drunk or drugged drivers. Impairment negatively affects a person’s motor skills, reaction time, judgement, and vigilance.
- Fatigue – Driving while drowsy can be just as bad as driving under the influence. Fatigue or falling asleep behind the wheel can result in a driver drifting off the road, which can lead to a rollover accident.
- Distracted driving – From cellphones and GPS devices to eating/drinking to daydreaming, distracted driving occurs when your focus is away from the primary task of driving, your hand is off the steering wheel, and/or your eyes are off the road. Did you know that driving while looking at your phone for five seconds at 55 miles per hour (mph) is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field blindfolded?
- Overloaded vehicles – Not only does overloading a vehicle—such as a commercial semi-truck or tractor-trailer—place strain on tires and make maneuvering the vehicle more difficult, but it can also cause top-heavy vehicles to tip over if the cargo shifts or becomes unbalanced during transport.
A rollover crash is especially violent in nature. Occupants who do not wear seatbelts in a vehicle that rolls may suffer severe or fatal injuries, especially if they are ejected.
The following are some common rollover crash injuries:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Chest injury
- Internal injury
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