Rollovers account for only about 2% of auto accidents but 35% of all traffic fatalities. They don’t happen as often as other accidents, but when they do, they can result in severe injuries. Because rollover accidents are often complex cases, an experienced accident attorney can help to prove fault and recover fully for damages to injured victims.
Any vehicle – car, truck or SUV, can rollover. Under the right conditions there are several reasons that a vehicle may rollover and crash.
Causes of Rollovers
Driver Control – Speeding, drowsiness, and distracted driving are all reasons a driver may lose control of a car. Typically, the driver will hit something, like a curb or an object, that throws off the balance of the car, causing it to roll.
Obstructions in the Roadway – this happens when an animal or object causes you to swerve your vehicle and get off balance, causing it to roll
Multi-vehicle Accidents – A rollover can occur when the impact of one vehicle forces another vehicle to rollover. This is sometimes seen with near-head-on collisions when one car clips the front corner of another car, gets pushed over and rolls by the force of the oncoming vehicle. It can also happen with side-impact crashes if a car gets pushed down an embankment.
Uneven Terrain – a rollover may occur if someone hits uneven pavement and tries to over-correct, especially seen in vehicles that are tall and narrow, such as vans, SUVs and pickup trucks.
Reckless Driving – This usually is accompanied by speeding. Especially driving too fast around curves, or swerving at high speeds, causing your vehicle to tip and roll.
Ways to Prevent Rollover Accidents
- If you buy a pickup, SUV or van, make sure it has electronic stability control and side-curtain airbags
- Properly load your vehicle; Refrain from overloading the roof of your car, which can shift the center of gravity from the ground to the upper parts, creating instability
- Make sure tires are in good condition with proper inflation
- Avoid speeding or driving recklessly
- Don’t drink and drive or text and drive
- Slow down for turns – obey any posted reduced speed signs
- Respect road conditions – be extra careful on wet, snowy or icy roads
What If I Am In a Rollover Accident?
- Always wear your seatbelt. This will hold you in place and keep you from being tossed around in the vehicle or thrown out of it completely.
- If you start to roll, remove your feet from the pedals to reduce the likelihood of breaking your ankles.
- Don’t grab the steering wheel. Instead, cross your arms, grab the opposite shoulder with each hand and tuck your body into the seat.
- Once you are sure you have stopped rolling, turn off your engine and put out anything that could ignite a fire.
- Stay calm and check yourself and your passengers for injuries.
- If you feel you are okay, you can exit the vehicle. Brace your hands and/or feet on the ceiling and carefully unbuckle your seat belt and crawl out of the vehicle. Anyone who is injured should remain in the car until paramedics arrive.
- Try to get a sense of your surroundings and be careful of oncoming traffic when exiting the vehicle. It’s not uncommon for rollover victims to get hit by oncoming traffic. Once you’re safely out of the vehicle move to the shoulder of the road and wait for emergency personnel.
Help After the Accident – Rollover Accident Attorney, Macon, GA
Vehicle rollover crashes can be complex. While some accidents may at first appear to be the fault of the driver, especially single vehicle rollover accidents, upon closer investigation, that may not be the case. Instead, there may be other conditions that caused or contributed to the crash. For example, a poorly designed vehicle, or roadway conditions, may have been a contributing factor.
If you were injured in a rollover accident, even a single vehicle rollover accident, it is vital to speak with an experienced accident attorney to thoroughly investigate your claim. Let us help you on your road to recovery. Contact Gautreaux Law today to speak with accident attorney Jarome Gautreaux. 478-238-9758.