Rollover crashes are among the most dangerous types of car accidents. Drivers and passengers who are involved in these types of crashes are significantly more likely to suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries than occupants of vehicles that are involved in almost any other type of accident. In many cases, fatal rollover injuries occur when passengers are ejected from their cars because they aren’t wearing seat belts.
Like all accidents, rollover accidents can have many contributing factors. However, there are a few common causes that can result in these potentially life-threatening crashes:
- Vehicles with high centers of gravity – Large SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans all have much higher centers of gravity than sedans. That increases their risk of rolling over, especially when other common rollover risk factors are present.
- Speeding – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 40 percent of fatal rollover accidents involve excessive speeding, and nearly 75 percent occur in areas where the speed limit is 55 mph or higher.
- Alcohol – Alcohol is a major factor in almost all accident types, including rollovers. Nearly half of rollover crashes involve alcohol consumption, and even small amounts of alcohol are enough to result in deadly crashes.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Alabama auto accident lawyers have helped many victims get compensation after a wide variety of car accidents. But we also know that rollover victims often suffer more severe injuries. Medical bills and lost wages can quickly add up, especially when victims may be unable to return to work for an extended period of time—or for the rest of their lives.
Don’t wait if you or someone you love was hurt in a rollover accident. Get the legal representation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.