Rollover car accidents usually occur as a single car accident, but they can also occur in a multi-car accident, as well. Most rollovers occur because of the type of vehicle, rate of speed, roadway conditions, environmental factors or attempting to avoid roadway incidents. Remember, just because you have been involved in a single car rollover accident, you may not be responsible. Faulty roadway design or maintenance and negligent vehicle design can contribute to a single car rollover accident.
The Different Types of Rollover Crashes
According to estimates, 95% of single car rollovers are “tripped’ rollovers. This happens when one of the tires of the vehicle hits either an object or a soft spot or a bump. This will cause the vehicle to rollover. Trucks, minivans and SUVs are the vehicles which are most susceptible to a rollover crash. Soft soil, deep potholes, steep slopes and guard rails present the most common causes for a tripped rollover crash. A untripped rollover accident typically occurs in a car accident or when a driver attempts an evasive maneuver.
How to Avoid or Survive a Rollover
Vehicle accidents involving a rollover result in a higher percentage of life threatening and/or serious injuries. In order to avoid a rollover or to survive an accident that may result in a rollover, here are a few tips for safer travels:
1. Drive cautiously. When you are faced with hazardous road conditions such as rain, snow, or heavy construction areas, take heed to any warning signs in place on the roadways. Be aware of your surroundings and lower your speed to the speed limit or under the speed limit to avoid any unnecessary stops or avoidance of any object or vehicle that may obstruct your path. Avoidance of obstructions or vehicles may cause you to veer off the road, which is a major factor in rollover collisions.
2. Wear seat belts. Seat belts are a safety mechanism to keep you in place if you happen to be involved in an accident, especially a rollover. Most rollover fatalities occur because a driver or passenger without seatbelts engaged or more at risk of being thrown from the vehicle or tossed around, causing severe injuries that result in death.
3. Regularly check your vehicle. Most accidents occur because of the wear and tear on a vehicle that may go unnoticed. Tires can pose a high risk of sudden veering off a roadway, if they are worn and you have a blowout. Be aware if your vehicle drives improperly or you may have some faulty occurrences while driving. Stay apprised of the latest recalls in vehicles and safety conditions of your current vehicle. Regular maintenance is not just to preserve the life of your car, it can save your life and the lives of your loved ones as well.
4. Avoid overloading your vehicle. An unbalanced vehicle may be the number one factor in rollover collisions. Do not load heavy items on the roof or bed of your vehicle if that vehicle was not designed to carry heavy loads. If you are unsure of the amount of weight your vehicle can hold, refer to your owner’s manual before taking the risk. Avoid overloading one side of the vehicle, as well.
5. Choose your vehicle wisely. Every driver is aware of their driving habits. If you weave in and out of traffic, it may be best to avoid purchasing a vehicle such as an SUV or pickup trucks that have more of a tendency to rollover with immediate maneuvers or on slopes or hills. Any vehicle may be susceptible to a rollover, depending on the conditions and speed. Always practice safe driving habits no matter the type of vehicle.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer at Jones Law Group
Have you or a loved one been the victim in a rollover crash? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury law firm today. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her personal contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, you should immediately call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.
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