Car Rollover Accident Attorneys
When a vehicle loses balance and rolls over, often several times, the occupants in the vehicle suffer severe injuries or even death. Rollover accidents can be caused by several factors including speed, vehicle design, weather conditions, collisions with other vehicles, and even the roads the vehicle is driving on. The violent nature of these auto accidents can have life-altering effects on the driver and passengers in the vehicle.
If you were injured in a car rollover accident, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today for a free case review. Our Chicago auto accident attorneys know the dangers of rollover accidents and are committed to protecting your legal rights.
Rollover Crash Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study on all motor vehicle rollover accidents. Some of the findings included:
- 33% of occupant fatalities occurred in passenger vehicles that were involved in rollover accidents. Over 10,000 people died in rollover accidents annually.
- 7% of occupants died in rollover crashes versus only .2% of occupants in vehicles that did not rollover.
- Light trucks and SUV’s were more likely to be in a rollover accident than other types of vehicles.
- Over 15,000 drivers were ejected from their vehicle and over 200,000 occupants had serious injuries from the rollover accident.
- The majority of rollovers happened when the vehicle was going straight at a high speed with 56,124 rollovers. Negotiating curves was second with 30, 424 accidents.
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. When you combine one or more of these factors, it can spell disaster for the driver and their passengers.
- Speed. High speeds can have an impact on whether a vehicle rolls, especially if it is a taller vehicle, taking a curve or negotiating obstacles. It is estimated that 40% 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 that have 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 may have grounds to file an auto product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
- Tire grip. Oddly, both too much or too little tire grip can lead to accidents. However, too much tire grip can actually lead to more rollover, according to com. Also, malformed or defective tires can also impact the propensity to cause a rollover, as the Firestone/Ford tragedic accidents have already proven.
- Most rollovers are triggered by some 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 are known to contribute to serious 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.
Car Accident Lawyers for People Involved in Chicago Vehicle Rollover Accidents
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 team of car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understands Illinois rollover accidents and can look at all the components that may 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 us here.