Delaware Car Accident Lawyers Claim Maximum Compensation for Those Injured in Rollover Accidents
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover accidents are second only to head-on crashes in terms of severity of injuries. Passengers can be crushed, trapped, or ejected in a rollover crash.
In the United States, more than 280,000 rollover accidents are reported every year, claiming around 10,000 lives.
Rollover Accident Causes
Rollovers happen for many different reasons, including:
Alcohol/drugs: Drugs and alcohol impair a driver’s coordination, decision-making, and reaction time, making them more likely to lose control of their motor vehicle. Impairment begins with just one drink.
An estimated 50 percent of rollover accidents are reported to involve alcohol.
Environment: Common in more rural areas, single-lane roads that are not divided and have no barriers are more likely to be the sight of rollover accidents. In fact, nearly three-quarters of rollovers occur in less densely-populated areas where speed limits average around 55 miles per hour.
Fatigue: Studies show that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Fatigue affects the brain and body in many of the same ways. It impairs a driver’s mental clarity and reaction time. A driver who falls asleep at the wheel has no control over a moving vehicle.
Speed: Around 40 percent of rollover crashes involved excessive speed. Speed is a factor more often in fatal rollover accidents than in fatal non-rollover crashes. The likelihood of a rollover crash increases as speeds approach 55 miles per hour, especially for vans, sports utility vehicles, and other taller vehicles.
Tripping: When a vehicle hits a curb, bump, or something in the road like a pile of dirt, it “trips,” or disrupts the motion of the car, causing it to move or roll to the side. This is more common in vehicles with a higher center of gravity like a sports utility vehicle or truck.
Vehicle type: Any car, truck, van, or bus can experience a rollover accident. However, taller vehicles with a higher center of gravity are more prone to a single-vehicle rollover. When these types of vehicles are carrying lots of cargo, they become top-heavy, and even more vulnerable to a rollover accident.
Weather: Rain, snow, and ice disrupt a vehicle’s traction and stability, making it harder for the driver to slow and stop on time. Slippery conditions can cause even the most diligent driver to lose control and experience a rollover.
Safe Vehicles for Safe Driving
To help consumers choose vehicles designed to resist a rollover, the NHTSA instituted a five-star rollover rating system in 2001 using real accident data and engineering analysis. When purchasing a car, it is a good idea to look for vehicles with a five-star rating, to decrease your risk of being involved in a rollover.
The NHTSA estimates that nine out of every ten rollover accidents occur in the course of routine driving maneuvers, like navigating a turn or traveling straight forward.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Fight for Victims of Rollover Car and Truck Accidents
Rollover accidents are especially serious, second only to head-on collisions in severe and fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover or any type of crash, a Delaware car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC will recommend the best legal course of action to hold negligent parties accountable.
Get the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering after an accident. Call 302-888-1221 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. We serve clients throughout the state of Delaware including Wilmington, Dover, Newark, and Middletown.