Rollover car crashes are exactly as horrific as they sound—your car actually rolls over, and it’s not difficult to imagine the terror of that experience. Because of the dangers involved in rollovers, it’s important to understand their common causes and how you can best protect yourself from becoming involved in one.
These facts serve to highlight the dangers of rollover car crashes.
If a rollover accident caused by someone else’s negligence injured you, you need an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney. The skilled legal team at The Levin Firm has the experience and dedication to fight for your rights and for your just compensation.
The NHTSA finds that many rollovers result from a driver’s panicked response to an emergency on the road. While it’s easy to say don’t panic, it’s much more difficult to stay calm when you’re in the middle of a driving emergency. In fact, something as seemingly minor as allowing your wheels to slip off the road’s pavement can lead to a rollover.
When you travel at highway speeds—or faster—overcorrecting a driving error or overcompensating when steering can lead to the loss of control of your car, which in turn can cause a rollover accident. Driving is an immense responsibility—always concentrate on the exceedingly important task at hand, and proceed with as much calm caution as possible.
The NHTSA finds that rollover crashes—more so than other car accidents—reflect the interplay between the drivers and the vehicles involved, the road, and the environment. As such, the NHTSA determined that the following factors are most closely associated with causing rollovers:
The NHTSA classifies rollovers as either tripped or un-tripped accidents. In fact, tripped rollovers constitute about 95 percent of all rollover crashes that involve just one vehicle. This means that an obstacle somehow tripped the car’s tires. Such obstacles can include the edge of the road, a steep slope, a curb, a large stone or debris on the road, or a guardrail. Furthermore, a car’s tires can sink down into the soft soil beside the road, which can suck the car into a tripped rollover.
Conversely, un-tripped rollovers are much less common, and they usually take place when a top-heavy vehicle such as a van or large pickup engages in over-correction maneuvers to avoid an accident (often—but not necessarily—at high speeds).
Rollovers are usually single-vehicle accidents, but multi-vehicle accidents can also lead to rollover crashes. Typically, speed, driver impairment, and slippery road conditions play a role in such accidents.
If you were injured in a rollover accident, you need skilled legal counsel. The dedicated legal team at in Philadelphia is committed to aggressively advocating for your rights and for your just compensation. Our experienced car accident lawyers have the skill, commitment, and drive to navigate your claim toward its most positive resolution. We’re here to help, so please or call us at (215) 825-5183 today.
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