Rollover accidents are among the deadliest of vehicle crashes that can happen. Vehicles that rollover can burst into flames, the roof of the vehicle gets crushed, or victims who are not wearing seat belts can be thrown from the vehicle. Many victims who are fortunate enough to survive a crash are often left with severe injuries and up with significant medical expenses and long-term recovery period.
If you or a loved one was injured in a rollover accident caused by another driver, contact a North Carolina accident attorney to see what legal options you may have to obtain financial compensation for the losses the injuries have caused.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while rollover crashes account for a small percentage of vehicle accidents every year (less than 3 percent), they are responsible for more than one-third of all traffic accident fatalities.
- Dangers of Rollover Crashes
- Drunk Driving, Seatbelt Use, and Fatal Crashes
- All Vehicles Are at Risk for Rolling Over in Traffic Accidents
One of the main reasons for these disproportionate percentages is that the weight of the vehicles, combined with the dramatic way a vehicle flips over causes much more damage than other types of collisions, such as rear-end or sideswipe. And while seat belts may not provide complete protection from rollover crash injuries, they certainly can help save the lives of vehicle occupants by preventing them from being thrown from the vehicle, which almost always results in the death or catastrophic injury of the victim.
Why Do Rollovers Occur?
Studies have shown there are multiple reasons why rollover crashes occur. One of the most common reason is the type of vehicle the victim is driving. SUVs and passenger vans have gained in popularity among consumers over the past several y years and so, too, has the number of rollover crashes. This is because these vehicles have a higher center of gravity and are more likely to roll over in a crash than sedans, which have lower centers of gravity.
Another cause of rollover accidents is speeding. This can be especially true if the driver is attempting to negotiate a curve or is distracted. And the most common cause of almost half of all rollover crashes is alcohol.
When another driver causes a crash, the victim can pursue damages against that driver’s insurance company. Statistics show that a large number of rollover accidents are single-vehicle crashes, so the question for an injured driver is who will pay for their medical bills and lost wages? There are two options. First of all, if another driver behaved in a way that caused your vehicle to rollover (i.e. drifted into your lane which caused you to swerve and rollover), they could still be liable for your crash even if their vehicle sustained no damages. Depending on other circumstances, you may also be able to file a claim against your own insurance company.
Contact a North Carolina Rollover Accident Attorney for Help
If you have been injured in a rollover crash – or any other type of vehicle accident – contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to find out what legal options you may have. If the crash was caused by another party or parties, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any losses your injuries have caused.