Vehicles with a higher center of mass such as trucks, vans, and Sport Utility Vehicles can tip onto their roof or completely rollover during an auto accident, and because of this some vehicles are more likely to do so than others. Rollover accidents have become a matter of increasing concern as the popularity of SUVs has risen in recent years, though any motor vehicle can be launched into a rollover upon impact with another vehicle.
Crash data from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis showed that SUV rollover accidents in 2000 were slightly less fatal than those that occurred in vans, and that 9,873 vehicle occupants and drivers died as a result of rollovers that same year. Alcohol was also a factor in many of the fatal crashes, which stands to reason that vehicles traveling at higher speeds have a higher risk of flipping after they collide with another vehicle or median.
Were you or a loved one injured in a rollover crash because of another persons negligent actions? If the driver you collided with was behaving recklessly, you may be eligible for compensation due to your injuries and the mental trauma you sustained in the wreck.
The goal of the skilled litigators of Harbin & Burnett is to stand by you in your time of need, and we will always fight for the rights of your clients and the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to personal injury auto accident victims.
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Types of Flipped-Vehicle Accidents
Generally, vehicle rollovers will take place when a driver loses control of their vehicle. Data from a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 295 occupant fatalities resulted from rollovers in South Carolina in 2004.
The same report cites vehicle type, safety restraint use, alcohol involvement, and whether corrective action was attempted as invariable factors as to the likelihood a vehicle will rollover. Other factors that varied by circumstance included driver age, speed, vehicle occupancy, and vehicle age.
Vehicle rollovers can be categorized into two types:
- Tripped rollovers: Caused by collision with another vehicle, median, or other external force
- Un-tripped rollovers: Caused by turning a corner and losing control because the vehicle topples
A sudden increase in lateral force is usually the cause of a tripped rollover, which can happen after one vehicle is struck by another vehicle, skids, then the friction the wheels create against the ground stops the vehicles movement on one side while the other side trips over it.
Injuries from Rollover Crashes
Following rollover accidents, a vehicle can end up on its roof or side, and surviving occupants may be disoriented as they attempt to exit the vehicle. These crashes are unusually deadly for vehicle occupants because of the extreme amount of force and weight that is placed on the roof, which usually caves in and causes massive head trauma and potential death to those inside.
Some of the most commonly occurring rollover injuries include:
- Back trauma
- Broken bones
- Crushed vertebrae
- Dental Trauma
- Facial lacerations
- Head trauma
- Jaw fracture
- Skull fracture
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- and many others
One of the safety features that can assist drivers and occupants in surviving a rollover crash is a roll bar, which comes standard in the Jeep Wrangler but not in most SUVs. A roll bar will reinforce the roof of the vehicle and strengthen its entire structure.
If you survived a rollover crash, the pain and emotional distress that you experienced can be a terrifying ordeal. The physical injuries and mental trauma can take years to heal, and some may never go away. Dont let another driver's negligence impact your recovery process contact an experienced South Carolina car accident attorney today for help with your claim.
Our South Carolina Auto Accident Law Firm is Here for You
Being involved in a car wreck can bring on many emotions including frustration, anger, and confusion particularly when another individuals negligence is to blame. At Harbin & Burnett, we know a good attorney can help relieve your stress in troubled times, and we are committed to helping you get every dollar you deserve in the minimum time possible.
We are a full-service personal injury law firm whose goal is to stand by you in your time of need by and provide comprehensive legal counsel on your situation. Our office is located in Anderson, South Carolina and we are pleased to serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Travelers Rest
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