Rollover Accident Lawsuits
Our Car Accident Lawyer in Washington, DC Can Help
Rollover accidents only account for about three percent of all auto accidents,
but they are responsible for over 30% of auto accident deaths. The likelihood
of being in a rollover is very low, but if you are, it is almost certain
that you will be seriously injured or killed.
Why Rollover Accidents Happen
A phenomenon called "tripping" is involved in nearly all rollover
accidents. Tripping happens when one of the vehicles tires hits something,
such as a curb, bump, or soft shoulder, and the momentum of the vehicle
causes it to pitch over forward or sideways into a roll. According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) nearly 85% of rollovers are single vehicle accidents, and 95% of those
are caused by tripping.
Vehicle design, tire failure, road conditions, weather, and the behavior
of other drivers are often contributing factors in rollover accidents.
High center of gravity
SUV's are the most likely vehicles to roll followed by pick-up trucks
and minivans, due to their high center of gravity.
Tire failure is a common cause of rollovers, causing drivers to lose control
of the vehicle, or acting as the tripping mechanism itself.
Poor road maintenance and lack of warning signs cause rollovers which
are entirely preventable. When roads are not taken care of they develop
bumps and potholes which can act as tripping mechanisms. Soft shoulders
can also act as a tripping mechanism, when drivers are not warned and
hit them too fast. Construction zones and other hazards which lack proper
warning signs can cause drivers to take sudden evasive maneuvers causing
Design flaws, defective tires, and other
vehicle defects causing rollovers are typically the fault of vehicle manufacturers, tire
manufacturers, dealerships, and/or automobile repair shops. Although rare,
some rollover accidents are caused by another driver. Defective roadways,
including those which are poorly maintained and those which lack proper
warning signs, are almost always the responsibility of a government entity.
Lawsuits involving government entities are very different from those involving
individuals and businesses.
If you have been in a rollover accident caused by a defective vehicle or
roadway, you may not be aware of the cause. Rollover accidents can happen
fast and without warning, but they do not just happen. Police reports
and witness statements may not reveal the cause of the accident. A thorough
inspection of the vehicle and the scene should be conducted as soon as
possible after the accident to determine the true cause.
Injuries from Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents often include roof crush injuries and/or ejection from
the vehicle. The severity of injuries caused by rollover accidents is
almost always far greater than those caused by other types of accidents,
and a large portion of rollovers are fatal. Common injuries caused by
rollover accidents include: