Vehicle rollover accidents are common in California, and they are devastating. In fact, the risk of fatality is higher for vehicle rollovers than other types of car accidents, including head-on or rear-end collisions. Here are 5 causes of vehicle rollover accidents and how an attorney can help you secure compensation for your injuries if you are injured in an accident.
1. Driver Behavior
An overwhelming amount of vehicle rollover crashes involve only one vehicle — the vehicle that crashed — and drivers were engaging in normal driving, such as going around a curve or driving on a straight road. This suggests that driver behavior, particularly distracted driving, plays a significant role in vehicle rollover accidents.
2. Type of Vehicle
While all vehicles can potentially rollover, some vehicles have a higher tendency to do so in certain conditions. For example, top heavy sports utility vehicles rollover more often than any other type of vehicle.
3. Road and Weather Conditions
Road construction, poorly maintained roads, rain, ice, and snow all contribute to a vehicle rollover accident. When traction is lost, such as when hydroplaning, and a driver over-corrects, the risk of rollover is higher.
At least half, if not more, rollover crashes involve alcohol. Another driver may have been drinking, or the driver of the vehicle that rolled may have been drinking. Either way, any impairment behind the wheel increases the likelihood of a devastating rollover accident.
Speed is a significant factor in vehicle rollover accidents. The faster a vehicle is going at the time of a crash, the more likely it is that the vehicle will roll upon impact with another car or with a stationary object, such as a guardrail or tree.
In order to reduce the chances that your vehicle will roll if you get into an accident, pay attention to the road and your surroundings when you drive, never drink and drive, purchase and drive cars that are least likely to rollover, avoid driving in harsh weather conditions or on bad roads, and stay within the recommended speed limits.
When to Contact a Lawyer
If you or a loved one were hurt in a vehicle rollover accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our office today for a consultation to discuss your case in depth by calling us at (626) 792-1900.