Chicago Rollover Accident Lawyers
When a vehicle loses balance and rolls over, the vehicle's occupants could suffer severe injuries or even death. Rollover accidents can be caused by speed, vehicle design, weather conditions, collisions with other vehicles, and the roads the car or truck is driving on.
The violent nature of these auto accidents can have life-altering effects on the driver and passengers in the vehicle.
The Chicago rollover accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers assist people injured in these collisions recover compensation for their injuries. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation.
An Illinois Vehicle Rollover Injury Attorney can Help
If you, or a loved one, were injured in a crash, contact Chicago car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to protect your legal rights. Contact our Chicago office to schedule a free case evaluation and speak with an injury attorney about obtaining full compensation for your injury claim.
Our law office currently represents clients throughout Illinois and the Chicago area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, and Schaumburg.
Rollover Crash Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study on all motor vehicle rollover accidents. Some of the findings included:
- About thirty-three percent of occupant fatalities occurred in passenger vehicles that were involved in rollover accidents. Over 10,000 people died in rollover accidents annually, especially when not wearing seatbelts.
- About seven percent of occupants died in rollover crashes versus only.2% of occupants in vehicles that did not rollover.
- Light trucks and SUVs were more likely to be in a swerve and rollover accident than other types of vehicles.
- Police reports reveal that over 15,000 drivers were ejected from their vehicle, and over 200,000 occupants had serious injuries from the rollover accident. Some of these accident victims were involved in drunk driving car crashes.
- Most rollover vehicle crashes happened when the vehicle was going straight at high speed with over 56,000 rollovers. Negotiating curves ranked second with more than 30,000 motor vehicle accidents in 2018.
- Workers driving utility vehicles cause severe harm and wrongful death in single-vehicle accidents while driving over rough terrain in rural areas when maintaining powerlines, wind turbines, and antennas.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers handle most personal injury cases involving property damage and severe injuries, including broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord damage, neck injuries, disfigurement, and wrongful death.
Common Causes of Rollovers
Any vehicle can roll over in the right circumstances. However, there are usually outside factors that come into play in most rollover accidents.
Combining one or more of these factors could spell disaster for the motorist and their passengers.
- Speed – High speeds can impact whether a vehicle rolls, especially if it is a taller vehicle, taking a curve or negotiating obstacles. It is estimated that forty percent of fatal rollovers involve excessive speed. This study did not evaluate poor weather conditions that exacerbate the severity of the cash as well.
- Vehicle design – As the NHTSA study confirmed, SUVs and light trucks with a higher center of gravity are more likely to roll than passenger cars. In situations where a defective vehicle design contributed to a rollover, the injured party might have grounds to file an auto product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
- Tire grip – Oddly, both too much and too little tire grip can lead to accidents. However, too much tire grip can lead to more rollover, according to Consumer Reports. Also, malformed, or defective tires can impact the propensity to cause a rollover, as the Firestone/Ford tragic accidents have already proven.
- Most rollovers are triggered by external factors, whether it is swerving to miss a pothole or hitting a soft shoulder on a rural road. These triggers are referred to as "trips."
Other factors contribute to severe injuries in rollover accidents, including the lack of restraints and roof crushing instances. The NHTSA estimates that a roof collapse during a rollover kills 600 people each year.
New standards have been implemented for vehicles manufactured since 2012, but prior years standards were only based on vehicle roofs not collapsing when rolling over at a standstill.
Rollover Car Accident FAQs
What Happens in a Rollover Accident?
Car and truck rollovers are usually caused by traveling too fast on slippery surfaces, a side impact by another vehicle, or failing to make a turn safely. Victims might be ejected from the vehicle during a rollover, especially if they are not securely fastened in their seat belts.
The driver and passengers inside the rollover vehicle might suffer severe injuries or death by the forceful impact during the crash.
How do You Survive a Rollover Accident?
A sure way to improve your safety during a rollover accident is always to wear your seat belt when in the vehicle. Most fatalities involve victims who were not securely fastened into their seat belts when the crash occurred.
After the accident, turn the engine off and avoid smoking because the fuel tank might be leaking gas.
What is the Most Common Cause of a Rollover Accident?
Distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are common causes of most rollover crashes. Other common causes of rollover accidents involve the motorist losing control, speeding, talking on the phone, falling asleep, or misjudging road hazards and adverse weather conditions.
What Vehicle has the Highest Fatality Rate in Rollover Crashes?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over thirty percent of all fatality accidents involve rollovers. Nearly half of all deaths associated with rollover accidents in the United States involve light trucks and passenger cars.
How do You Avoid a Rollover Accident?
Every driver can take specific action to prevent rolling their vehicle, including driving a car or truck with a low center of gravity. These vehicles tend to have a stable base, making it harder for the vehicle to flip.
Next, ensure that your seat belt was firmly secured around your waist and slow down when negotiating a turn. Drive cautiously during adverse weather and hazardous road conditions and ensure that your tires' air is balanced.
Never drink and drive while operating a motor vehicle. Respect the road and those around you. Always drive defensively.
Chicago Vehicle Rollover Accident Lawyers
Regardless of why a vehicle rolls over, the event can be dangerous and even fatal to all its occupants. If you have been involved in a rollover accident, make sure you have an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney on your side.
Our car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand Illinois rollover accidents and the components that might have contributed to your vehicle to roll over and accompanying injuries.
We will work with the negligent driver's insurance company to get fair compensation for your medical bills, injuries, punitive damages, medical expenses, and lost wages.
Our initial consultation for car accident cases is always free, and we work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no risk to you. Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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