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How Dangerous are Rollover Crashes?

Any type of auto accident can be dangerous, leaving victims with catastrophic injuries. However, rollover crashes are often the most fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover collisions account for approximately 30% of fatalities of passenger vehicle occupants each year.

 

Here is how these devastating crashes often arise:

Causes of Rollover Crashes

A rollover is a type of auto accident that involves a vehicle tipping over onto its side, often leading to fatal results. There are several reasons as to why vehicles rollover, but here are the leading causes:

High Speed

According to this study – Analysis of Large Truck Rollover Crashes, high speed contributed to 45% of rollover crashes. When a driver is speeding, they often lose control of their vehicle and increase the likelihood of a severe rollover collision.

Driving Error

Over 78% of rollover accidents involve driver error; several contributing factors can cause a severe accident, such as:

 
  • Driving while impaired.

  • Drowsy driving.

  • Inattentive driving.

  • Reckless driving.

  • Inexperienced driving.

 

Any vehicle can be at risk; however, some cars are more likely to be involved in a rollover.

 

Large Trucks

In 2019, 47% of large truck fatalities occurred due to their vehicle rolling over. As a result of their substantial size and heavy mass, large trucks such as pick-up trucks, SUVs, and commercial vehicles have a higher chance of being involved in a rollover crash than passenger vehicles due to these vehicles having a higher center of gravity and are more top-heavy.

 

Victims involved in a rollover crash typically sustain severe and often lifelong injuries.

Common Injuries of Rollover Crashes

The intense impact of a rollover crash can be detrimental to your body, resulting in broken bones or even death. These are the most common types of injuries:

 
  • Head and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Neck and back injuries

  • Broken and fractured bones

  • Lacerations

Contact Starville Car Accident Attorneys

Vollor Law Firm, P.A. has over 20 years of legal experience representing car accident victims. If you or someone you love was involved in a rollover crash, we could help. Contact us at (662) 269-6188 to schedule your free case consultation.