Rollovers—where a vehicle rolls or tips onto its side or roof—have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes, making them some of the most dangerous accidents you can be involved in. Though they make up just 2.1 percent of crashes, they account for nearly 35 percent of motor vehicle fatalities each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Rollover accidents killed more than 7,600 people in 2010 alone. Tragic, but not too surprising, considering that almost half of people killed in rollovers were partially or fully ejected from the vehicle during the accident (and a shocking 69 percent weren't wearing a seatbelt). After all the efforts to get people to wear seatbelts, so many people continue to ignore the significant dangers of being in a moving vehicle without a seatbelt.
Driver Error Is One of the Most Common Causes of Rollover Crashes
Examples of motorist negligence that can lead to rollovers include speeding, overcorrection, drunk, drowsy, or otherwise distracted drivers. Other rollover negligence situations involve T-bone intersection collisions or off-center head-on collisions. Though rollover accidents can happen in any vehicle, they're most common in tall, narrow, top-heavy vehicles like SUVs, vans, and some pickup trucks.
People fortunate enough to survive rollover crashes may be left with devastating injuries, such as broken or crushed bones, lost limbs, concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), or spinal cord damage. These and other accident-related injuries may require extensive ongoing medical treatment and time away from work, leaving victims scrambling to try to make ends meet. However, if you were hurt—or lost a loved one—in a rollover crash caused by another driver's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, and more.
Consult a Knowledgeable California Attorney About Your Rollover Accident Case
Rollover accidents can turn your world upside-down, and put your health and financial future in jeopardy—and when you're unfamiliar with your legal rights and options, the whole situation can be even more terrifying. Fortunately, there's help. The skilled personal injury attorneys with the Inland Empire Law Group have helped rollover crash victims fight for their right to a fair recovery. We may be able to do the same for you. Have questions about your case? Contact us today at (909) 481-0100 or toll-free (888) 694-3529 to speak with our legal professionals about your case to see how we can help you successfully recover from your losses.