Texas Vehicle Rollover Accident Attorneys
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A rollover accident is when a vehicle rolls onto its side or roof during a crash or collision, sometimes causing the vehicle's occupants to be partially or fully ejected from the car.
Rollover accident victims often sustain serious injuries requiring costly medical care and resulting in a lower quality of life.
Car insurance is meant to cover these and other costs in the event of a rollover accident; however, insurers don't always agree to pay the full amount needed or may deny your claim altogether if they suspect another driver was at fault. In these types of situations, you need an experienced car accident attorney on your side who can represent your rights and fight for fair compensation.
Rollover accidents are complex cases, and insurers only think about their bottom line.
Car accident attorney Neal Davis can make sure you and your family are properly represented. Contact us today.
Rollover Accident Statistics
Rollovers are an especially deadly and catastrophic type of car accident. In fact, although rollovers account for only 2.1% of all motor vehicle accidents, they are responsible for nearly one third of all passenger vehicle fatalities. Here are some other facts about rollover crashes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Rollover accidents kill an estimated 10,000 people each year
- Wearing a seatbelt can reduce your risk of dying in a rollover crash by as much as 75 percent
- Nearly 85% of all rollover-related fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes
- Almost ¾ occur in rural areas where the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour or higher
- An estimated 40% of fatal rollover crashes involve excessive speeding, and half involve alcohol impairment.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
Rollovers are particularly violent crash events, more so than other types of car accidents, and can be caused by a number of different factors:
- Vehicle Type - Tall, narrow vehicles, such as SUVs, pickups and semi-trucks, are more prone to rollover accidents because of their high center of gravity.
- Speed - Excessive speeding is more often a cause of fatal rollover crashes than fatal non-rollover accidents. Vehicles traveling over 50 mph are at higher risk of rollover.
- Impairment - As with other types of car accidents, alcohol or drug impairment commonly plays a role in rollover crashes. Even a trace amount of alcohol can disrupt a driver's coordination and judgement, making them more susceptible to speeding and taking turns too sharp.
- Distraction - Inattentiveness or distracted driving is a primary cause in rollover vehicle accidents by forcing drivers to make sudden, sharp maneuvers.
- Road Conditions - Rural roads tend to have more rollover fatalities since they rarely have barriers or dividers. Weather conditions, such as ice and rain, can also make roads slick and increase the likelihood of a rollover.
Types of Rollover Crashes
Rollover vehicle accidents are separated into two categories based on how they occurred: tripped or untripped.
A majority (95%) of single-vehicle rollover crashes are tripped, meaning a high tripping force caused the vehicle to become airborne or flip over. Tripped rollovers happen when a car slides sideways, causing the tires to dig into the ground. A rollover occurs when the sliding vehicle strikes an object like soft soil, a curb or guardrail, or loses its center of gravity by turning sharply on a steep slope (lateral pull rollover), causing it to roll.
Untripped rollover accidents account for only 5% of rollover crashes, and usually only pertain to top-heavy vehicles such as SUVs or semi-trucks. Rather than a high tripping force initiating the flip, untripped rollovers typically occur when vehicles traveling at high speeds suddenly maneuver to avoid a collision with another car or object.
Rollover Accidents Caused by Defective Vehicles
Another common cause of rollovers is defective auto parts, manufacturing or design that results in a crash. If a manufacturer defect caused a rollover accident or worsened the injuries inflicted on the passengers, then the maker might be considered partially responsible and held financially liable for damages. For instance, a third party manufacturer might be liable if there was an issue with the vehicle that caused the vehicle to crash and rollover, or if the vehicle's roof was more susceptible to caving in and further injured occupants due to faulty design. Cases such as this also fall under product liability law, so you'll want an attorney who specializes in that practice area as well.
Contact an Experienced Houston Rollover Accident Attorney
If you've been seriously injured or disfigured in a rollover accident, or you've lost a loved one in a deadly crash, then it's imperative you talk to a car accident attorney who specializes in these types of complex cases to ensure you get the compensation you deserve from insurers and all negligent parties. Houston, TX injury attorney Neal Davis specializes in car accident and product liability cases. Schedule a free consultation and let Neal put 20 years of experience to work in your case. We will work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family.