Rollovers are generally associated with SUVs and large trailer trucks, though they can happen to any automobile. Rollovers are some of the most dangerous automobile accidents, accounting for more than 35% of auto accident fatalities in 2010. SUVs garner the most attention when it comes to rollovers because of their frame. Because SUVs are taller, their center of gravity is not as low to the ground as other vehicles.
When a motorist turns the SUV quickly, it causes the center of gravity to shift and sends the vehicle into a roll. Though there has been some call to increase the roof safety of SUVs, little has been done. The frame of an SUV’s roof is not built to withstand rollovers, and as such, the roof can easily become crushed during one.
Though rollovers happen most frequently with SUVs, they are not limited to this type of vehicle. Rollovers are usually caused by collisions with larger vehicles and other impacts that can send a vehicle veering off the road. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that 95% of rollovers are caused by “tripping.”
Tripping occurs when a car’s wheels hit terrain or are forced off path by a collision. The car is unable to readjust to its projected path and is sent off the road with great force, hitting a median or guard rail, which projects it into a roll. As previously stated, this can happen to any vehicle, not just SUVs. Other reasons for rollovers are as follows:
Rollovers result in some of the most severe injuries known to car crashes. They are the most common cause of traumatic head injuries and ejections. They also tend to cause burns, fractures, lacerations, and severe whiplash. The path a vehicle takes in a rollover usually leaves behind a wake of property damage and extensive vehicle damage.
If you’ve been in a rollover accident, there is a good chance it may have occurred because of someone else’s negligence. While rollovers can occur when a lone motorist is driving distracted or speeding, it’s far more common that they occur because the side of the vehicle was struck by another motorist. Rollover accidents can cause injuries ranging from mild to catastrophic.
Many rollovers lead to long-lasting problems like traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, and broken bones. Insurance may not be enough to cover ongoing medical care and lost wages, in which case you should contact a rollover attorney to represent you.
If you or someone you love was in a rollover accident, contact the offices of Sweeney Merrigan Law. We represent our clients effectively and fight to get them the compensation they need to get back on track. Based out of Boston, MA, we serve clients throughout all of Massachusetts in a variety of personal injury suits. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.