When you are involved in a rollover accident, your body is at the mercy of elements outside of your control. Your body will go wherever the car goes, making it especially dangerous when you have neglected to wear a seatbelt. As your car rolls, you will be tossed about the car, making impact with various objects before coming to a rest, which makes it one of the most dangerous types of accidents.
Alongside head-on collisions, rollover accidents can be among the deadliest on our roadways. With a traditional accident, the energy built up by your car will typically be affected by factors like the speed at which you are driving, how effectively you can hit your brakes, and the conditions of the road. Rather than all that energy displaced to other areas of the car through the engineered safety measures, a rollover accident causes all the energy of your vehicle’s crash to toss the vehicle over and about, which can have devastating effects on the human body.
While rollover accidents do not necessarily always cause serious bodily harm, their potential for destruction is much higher due to the body and loose objects tossed about the cab. In some cases, most often when a driver or passenger does not wear a seatbelt, it may even result in you being ejected from the vehicle out of a broken door or window. Many times, the people in the car may lose consciousness due to the trauma to the brain that can occur, whether hitting your head on flying objects or the sheer force of the impact alone.
Depending on the severity of the crash, there may also be what is known as cabin intrusion, which occurs when the structural integrity of the car folds inward, like a sort of crumpling effect. This intrusion can cause further harm or injury. Luckily, modern vehicles stand strong in these sorts of crashes. When rollover crashes happened in the past, they could be a death sentence, especially before the widespread implementation of seatbelt laws. With modern safety features, the effects on the human body can be less if the airbags deploy, as they should in an accident of this magnitude.
The Causes of Rollover Accidents
The causes of rollover accidents are many, but they typically take place when a car’s balance is thrown off by an outside force or by a displacement of energy—such as changing directions too quickly. When a rollover accident happens in a single-car crash, it may have something to do with the rate of speed at which the individual was traveling. Other factors can include hazardous road conditions, high winds, steep inclines, sharp turns, being broad-sided, and other unforeseen events.
Many times, these accidents can be avoided by maintaining a proper rate of speed and exercising caution when road conditions worsen. However, there will always be unexpected accidents in life. Drunk drivers, reckless drivers, falling debris, there are a number of things that can ultimately cause a car to roll over. When it does rollover, you will likely not have a lot of time to react. It is important to always exercise proper safety measures when driving—just in case the unthinkable takes place.
These safety measures can include, but are not limited to:
- Avoid keeping heavy objects in the backseat of your car, in the event that they get thrown around in an accident
- Always obeying the speed limit
- Practicing defensive driving and always staying vigilant on roadways
- Always using a designated driver when drinking alcohol or finding yourself under the influence of medications
- Wearing your seat belt
- Always keeping your eyes on the road
- Not allowing yourself to become fatigued while driving
- Looking out for distracted drivers
- Making sure your airbags work properly by getting them checked by a mechanic
- Making sure your tires have proper tread
- And more
A Law Firm on Your Team
Here at the Morris Bart law firm, our team of attorneys has worked with countless clients who have suffered injuries in rollover accidents. No matter what the extent of your injuries may be, we would love to speak with you and help protect your right to compensation. When another party’s negligence has injured you, you do not deserve to have your life ripped away from you. Call today at (800) 537-8185 to find out more.