Butler County rollover accident attorneys represent people who have been injured and families who have lost loved ones in rollover accidents. Rollover accidents occur when an automobile is involved in an accident where the vehicle’s tires leave the ground and the vehicle is turned on its side or onto its roof. While rollover accidents are not common, they do sometimes happen and injuries are frequently devastating, sometimes fatal. There are some types of vehicles that are known to rollover more frequently than others, yet there is very little oversight when it comes to rollover safety standards and regulations.
Vehicle types and rollover accidents
Any type of vehicle may roll over under certain circumstances, but as mentioned above, some types of vehicles are more likely to roll over than others. Those that are more likely to roll over typically have a high center of gravity with a comparatively narrow wheelbase, unlike that of other vehicles, such as most passenger vehicles that have a lower center of gravity and a comparatively wider wheelbase. Vehicles that are more likely to roll over are light trucks, vans, SUVs, buses and other taller and narrower base vehicles.
Pennsylvania rollover accidents
In 2017, there were 3,083 passenger vehicle rollovers with 87 resulting fatalities in Pennsylvania. There were 3,548 light truck/SUV/van rollover accidents with 70 fatalities. 27.7% of the higher profile vehicles resulted in fatalities while 18.5% of passenger vehicle rollovers resulted in fatalities. These statistics show that not only are there more light truck/SUV/van rollover accidents, but also that rollovers in these vehicles are more likely to result in fatalities than rollovers in passenger vehicles.
Common causes and factors in rollover accidents
Tire defects may lead to rollover accidents when tires fail, especially when driving at high rates of speed. Speed is also a factor when sharp turns are made at high speeds leading to rollover accidents. Sudden swerves or stops to avoid a road danger or obstruction that may typically make passenger vehicles slide in the road before coming to a stop, frequently results in rollover accidents for high profile vehicles. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is also a very common factor in these types of accidents.
At fault parties
There are several parties who may be at fault for injuries sustained in rollover accidents including those listed below.
- The vehicle manufacturer, distributor, or seller of a vehicle with rollover defects.
- Person or entity is responsible for dangerous road conditions that led to the rollover accident.
- Another driver that caused the accident.
- The driver of the vehicle that rolled over.