Anyone who has ever driven on a major roadway has probably craned their neck at least once to view the frightening scene of a vehicle that has crashed and ended up on its roof. The occurrence commonly referred to as a rollover can cause serious injury or even death to the passengers inside the vehicle.
Rollovers are much more common in Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) and pickup trucks than in cars. In 2006, 59% of passengers killed in SUV crashes were killed in rollovers, compared to 48% of deaths in pickups and 26% of deaths in cars.
A vehicle can be sent tumbling in a variety of fashions. Most commonly, a rollover is due to a driver losing control of the vehicle. The car begins to slide sideways and then hits or trips over an object like a curb, guardrail, or tree stump.
Another cause is drivers who turn the vehicle too aggressively. High velocity and a tight turning radius make a dangerous equation. The friction that is created between the tires and the road causes the vehicle to flip up and roll over.
Rollovers are also possible in collisions involving several vehicles. When a car is “t-boned”, or struck on the side by an oncoming automobile, the force and speed of the strike can tip the car over and send it on a roll.
The most useful tool in staying safe during any automobile accident is wearing a seatbelt. Of the people killed in rollover crashes, 67% were not wearing a belt. Unbelted passengers risk being thrown from the vehicle.
If you have been injured in a rollover accident, contact the Kenosha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866.499.4700 to discuss your case and further legal options.