Rollover accidents are statistically the most dangerous type of accident to be involved in, due to a number of factors including the unpredictable motion of the vehicle that renders the safety equipment either ineffective or less effective than in a standard crash. Depending on things like the speed of the vehicle at the time of the crash, whether or not the passengers were wearing seatbelts, if there was additional cargo that was thrown around the cab of the vehicle during the rollover, and more, there are many factors that can contribute to the serious nature of this crash.
In fact, rollover accidents only made up 2.1% of all crashes in the United States in 2010, but accounted for nearly 35% of all fatal crashes in that same year, which can give you an idea of how serious these types of accidents are. According to safercar.gov, nearly 70% of the fatalities involved someone who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Contact Fasig | Brooks For a Free Consultation About a Rollover Accident
Whether you were the passenger or driver in a rollover accident, if your rollover accident was caused by someone else’s recklessness or negligence then you are entitled to compensation for all of the damages that you have suffered, and will likely continue to suffer, as a result of their actions and behaviors. The first step in this process is to file an insurance claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, but before taking this step, it is important that you partner with an experienced, aggressive, and compassionate personal injury attorney who can guide you through this process and improve your chances of a fair settlement.
The award-winning team at Fasig | Brooks is here to help. Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation as soon as possible so that we can help you understand the support that we will provide you, and will be happy to provide you with information about past cases similar to yours to give you an idea of what you can expect while working with us. We understand how difficult it can be to move forward with your life following an accident, which is why we believe that it is so important to take on the legal stressors for our clients so they can focus on recovery.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
A rollover accident, like any accident, can be caused by any number of factors, but the following are just some of the most common causes. Whether or not you see the cause of your own rollover accident listed below, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation and learn more about how we can help bring the fight to the insurance company to get you the money that you deserve.
Roughly 40% of all fatal rollover accidents involve speeding, which is not to say that speed is the sole cause of the crash, but that it certainly complicates matters. According to safercar.gov: “nearly ¾ of fatal rollovers took place where the posted speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher.”
Alcohol or Other Mind-Altering Substances
Alcohol and other drugs are involved in nearly half of all rollover accidents, likely resulting from the fact that mind-altering substances slow a driver’s reaction times, affect judgment and risk assessment, limit coordination, and can reduce vision, among other significant issues that can contribute to a crash.
Tired driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving in certain instances, because it makes it difficult to pay attention to the road, and may distract the driver from the task at hand as they struggle to keep their eyes open. In addition, falling asleep at the wheel leads to unpredictable outcomes, including rollover accidents.
Over 90% of the vehicles involved in rollover accidents were engaging in “routine driving,” either driving straight or going around a corner, at the time of the crash, which means that there were other factors present that led to the crash. Distracted driving is a major contributor to many accidents.
Routine vehicle maintenance is important for a number of reasons, including the ability to effectively use your brakes in an emergency, take a turn without losing control due to dangerous tread wear, and more. Many times, an accident may have been avoidable if the vehicle was in better condition, often due to improper maintenance or other mechanical failures.
Who Is At Fault For Your Rollover Accident?
There are many different situations that can cause a rollover accident, and many times the victim may have had nothing to do with the behavior that led to the crash. In these instances, the victim is entitled to compensation from the driver’s insurance company, but there are many situations where it can be difficult to truly determine who is responsible for the crash. Fortunately, Fasig | Brooks has years of experience working with clients after many types of accidents in order to prove fault beyond a doubt, and then seek the appropriate compensation once fault and liability have been established.
Contact us now so that we can look at your case and explain more about how we can resolve this question as soon as possible and begin focusing on recovering the damages that you are entitled to after such a terrible accident.