While all accidents can be unnerving, the phenomenon of being in a motor vehicle as it literally rolls over is nothing short of terrifying. Not only is this type of crash typically more scary than is a two-vehicle collision, but rollover accidents have a greater risk of being deadly, too. In fact, statistics show that rollover accidents account for 35 percent of all motor vehicle-related deaths, despite the fact that rollover accidents only account for just over two percent of all motor vehicle collision types. At the law offices of McCormick & Murphy, P.C., our Colorado Springs rollover accident lawyers can provide you with legal support and guidance if you have been in a rollover accident, or if you have lost a loved one in this crash type. Reach out to our team of professionals today to learn more about how we can help.
Types of Rollover Crashes
While the damages that result from a rollover crash can be significant regardless of how the accident occurs, not all rollover crashes are the same. In fact, there are a number of types of rollover crashes. These are:
Tripped. A tripped rollover occurs when the vehicle “trips,” leaving the roadway and having a tire make contact with softer soil, catching it, or hitting an object in the roadway. This can result in a large amount of tripping force applied to the tires, forcing the vehicle to rollover. Tripped rollovers are the most common rollover accident type, comprising about 95 percent of all rollover crashes. Within the category of tripped rollovers, there are three additional subcategories:
Soft soil. As mentioned above, a soft soil rollover can occur when a vehicle is traveling down the roadway (typically at a high speed), and veers slightly off course. As one of the tires digs into the soft soil that is adjacent to the harder roadway, the driver may try to over-correct by steering too sharply to the opposite direction, causing the vehicle to roll over.
Guardrail. A guardrail rollover accident occurs when a vehicle is traveling down a roadway and veers to the right-hand side of the road. If a guardrail is ahead, the driver may then attempt to overcorrect, resulting in the vehicle hitting the guardrail, flipping it over.
Steep slope. When traveling down a steep slope, the driver of the vehicle may lose control. The driver may misjudge the steepness and, if a turn of the wheel to the right is performed, a rollover crash can result.
Untripped. Happening less than five percent of the time, an untripped rollover usually involves top-heavy vehicles and occurs as a result of collision avoidance, such as swerving to avoid an object in the road, or taking a sharp corner at too high of a speed.
What Factors Cause or Contribute to a Rollover Accident?
The above describes the types of rollover accidents, but what’s more important for most drivers to know–especially those who have been in a rollover crash and are seeking compensation for injuries–is what factors cause or contribute to rollover accidents. Nearly all rollover accidents are entirely preventable and would not occur but for the negligence of one of the parties involved in the crash – often the drivers of the vehicles that roll over themselves. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that some of the top causes of rollover accidents include:
Vehicle types – vehicles that are taller or are top-heavy, such as SUVs, are at a greater risk of being involved in a rollover accident.
Speed – the faster that vehicles are traveling, the greater the risk of a rollover accident. In fact, almost 75 percent of all rollover accidents happen when an involved vehicle is traveling at or above 55 miles per hour.
Alcohol – alcohol consumption is a major contributor to crashes of all types, and rollover accidents are not excluded.
Routine driving – the NHTSA estimates that the vast majority of rollover crashes occur when drivers are performing routine driving behaviors, such as traveling straight or taking a turn or navigating a curve. This implies that driver distraction and other acts of driver error are a major contributor to rollover accidents.
Location – finally, the scene of a fatal rollover is most likely to be a rural road that is undivided and that does not have barriers. About 75 percent of fatal rollover crashes happen on rural roads.
In addition to the above, note that while rollover accidents can absolutely involve two or more vehicles, in the majority of cases, rollover crashes are single-vehicle collisions. This means that only the vehicle that rolls over is involved in the crash, not the vehicle of another driver.
Liability for a Rollover Crash
If you or a loved one has been involved in a rollover crash, you may have suffered a very significant amount of damages and losses. In order to recover monetary compensation for your harm, you’ll need to prove the liability of another party. Our Colorado Springs rollover accident lawyers can help you by opening an investigation into your crash that seeks to determine the cause of your rollover accident and how it could have been avoided. Liability may fall on the shoulders of a vehicle manufacturer (if vehicle design contributed to the crash); the party responsible for road signage and maintenance; another driver whose negligence causes you to swerve, and more. Our primary objective and goal is to make sure that you recover compensation awards that fully compensate you for your losses.
Call Our Colorado Springs Rollover Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been involved in a rollover accident, you need a Colorado Springs rollover accident attorney on your side. Our lawyers will work hard to build your case and advocate for your right to compensation. We always work on a contingency fee basis, have years of experience, and are ready to start working on your case today. Please call us directly or send us a message online at your convenience to learn how our rollover accident lawyers in Colorado Springs can help.