The Dangers Of Roll-Over Accidents
Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Discuss The Dangers Of Roll-Over Accidents
At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have represented thousands of clients who suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones in all types of accidents, including rollover accidents . We know that a rollover car accident is a grave and dangerous event. Even if an occupant of a vehicle that has rolled over is wearing a seat belt, they are subject to incredibly strong physical forces that the human body struggles to withstand. That is why rollover accidents cause death or serious injury in many instances.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes two different types of rollover incidents. They are "tripped" and "untripped." According to the NHTSA, 95 percent of all rollover accidents are tripped rollovers. A tripped rollover happens when a vehicle leaves the roadway, and the tires get hung up on a surface that is softer than the road. Alternatively, a vehicle can strike an object such as a guardrail or curb and flip over. Steep slopes, soft shoulders, and snow banks can also cause a car to rollover.
An untripped rollover occurs only about five percent of the time. In such an accident, the vehicle is either struck by another and flips over or it can occur when the driver attempts a high-speed evasive maneuver or steers too rapidly, causing loss of control. Un-tripped rollover accidents are most frequently associated with top-heavy or overloaded vehicles.
The NHTSA has identified different causes for rollover accidents, and one is the type of vehicle. In fact, the NHTSA warns motorists that while every make, model, and style of vehicle can tip over, some are more prone to rollover wrecks than others. For example, SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans that have a high center of gravity are more likely to rollover in a one-car crash than traditional sedan-style vehicles.
The NHTSA has also identified speeding as another primary cause of rollover accidents. According to the agency, 40 percent of all fatal rollover accidents involved speeding. Moreover, it determined that 75 percent of all fatal rollover wrecks occurred when the speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher. Most often, these crashes occur in rural areas.
Alcohol consumption is another significant cause of such accidents. The NHTSA estimates that nearly one-half of all rollover accidents involve alcohol. Accordingly, it warns drivers that any alcohol consumption, no matter how little, can impair a driver even if their blood alcohol content is lower than the legal limit of .08. Alcohol consumption, or driving after taking drugs, impairs judgment, reflexes, coordination, and vision, which makes it increasingly harder to keep control of the vehicle.
Perhaps the most significant cause of rollover crashes identified by the NHTSA is driver behavior. The overwhelming majority of fatal rollover accidents involve only one car. Additionally, 90 percent of observed deadly rollover wrecks occurred during curves and turns as well as other maneuvers that the NHTSA describes as "routine driving." The data suggest, therefore, that driving behavior such as inattentiveness, distraction, speeding, or impairment are the most significant reasons for fatal rollover accidents.
Fortunately, rollover crashes do not occur frequently. Only 2.1 percent of all crashes involve a rollover.However, annually, 35 percent of all people killed in car accidents die in rollover crashes, and 69 percent of the dead were not wearing seatbelts.
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