Car accidents are never fun to endure no matter how serious they are. With that being said, some accidents are much more severe than others. Rollover accidents are particularly dangerous accidents and are responsible for more than 30 percent of all vehicle fatalities. While the percentage is high enough on its own, the damage of rollover accidents is exemplified when you consider that they account for around five percent of vehicle accidents.
Whether it is a multiple vehicle collision or a single car accident, negligence accounts for many rollover accidents. Injuries from rollover accidents are often severe. You should not have to suffer through such traumatic circumstances that were caused by somebody else’s negligence. You should consider contacting a car accident attorney experienced with rollover accidents. Due to the severe nature of rollover accidents, you should consult with an attorney who is not only willing to pursue compensation aggressively, but has the empathy to navigate these challenging times delicately. Attorneys at SMT Legal have the right blend of aggression and compassion to represent any rollover accident client.
Single Vehicle Rollover Accidents
Although rollover accidents can occur in numerous ways, most are single vehicle accidents. In fact, more than 80 percent of all rollover accidents involve only a single vehicle. Because of this, it is important to know how manufacturing or design defects can cause or worsen rollover accidents. Common manufacturing or design defects that contribute to rollover accidents include tire problems, seat belt malfunctions, and defects in the vehicle’s roofing support.
Failing or defective tires are the cause of many rollover accidents. Manufacturing defects or improper tire installation can cause tires to wear prematurely or blowout on the roadway. When this occurs traveling at a high speed, it can cause vehicles to flip. Negligent tire manufacturers or designers can be held responsible for damages in a rollover accident.
Seat belt malfunctions may not cause rollover accidents, but they definitely increase the severity of injuries. Regarding rollover accidents, seatbelts are one of the most vital pieces of safety equipment, which makes it particularly misfortunate when they malfunction during a rollover. Seat belts can have malfunctioning latching systems, faulty retracting systems, and be made with poor materials. All of these malfunctions can cause a seatbelt to unlatch or snap during a rollover.
Aside from seatbelt malfunctions, defect roof supports can increase the severity of rollover injuries. Rollover accidents are particularly devastating when the roof caves in or crushes. While this can sometimes be unavoidable, many can be prevented or lessened if roof support pillars are properly designed and installed. Additionally, malfunctioning roof support systems can make it hard to escape a vehicle after a rollover accident.