Rollover accidents are responsible for the wrongful death of approximately 10,000 people across the country each year – attributing to almost one-third of all auto accident fatalities nationwide. A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle ends up on its side or on its roof and is usually caused by the combination of vehicle design flaws and tire failures at high speeds. Due to the force involved in many rollover collisions, occupants are often thrown out of their vehicles – sustaining serious personal injuries as a result.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a rollover accident in Connecticut, contact our auto accident lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. With over 140 years of combined legal experience and having won MILLIONS in settlements and verdicts for our clients, the team of attorneys at our firm have the knowledge and resources to help obtain your MAXIMUM compensation benefits.
We can help if you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident caused by:
- Dangerous road conditions
- Design flaws
- Poor roadway conditions
- Other driver negligence
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Rollover Accident Causes – Mechanical & Environmental
Rollover accidents are happening at a higher frequency due, in part, to the popularity of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Research has shown that a vehicle with a center of gravity low to the ground and with a wide wheelbase reduces the chance of a rollover crash – however, this kind of design is expensive and car manufacturers have been slow in adjusting their designs.
Some other factors that can contribute to the increased probability of a rollover accident include:
- Fast speeds
- Tire failure
- Poor suspension
- Slick road conditions
- Tread defects
- Overloaded vehicles
- Cargo load shift
- Unexpected road hazards
- Damaged roadways (potholes, eroded pavement)
Some common vehicle design and engineering factors that result in rollover accident injuries include:
- Roof crush
- Tire failures
- Door latch failures
- Fuel-fed fires
- Inadequate or malfunctioning brakes
- Roof pillar failures in SUVs
Unfortunately, these sorts of crashes can often be a life-changing event for not only the victim but also those that rely on that person for the support they provide (financial, emotional or other).
Types Of Injuries Common In Rollovers
Rollover accidents often result in severe injuries and even fatalities. The seriousness of the injuries experienced by passengers often depends on the functionality of airbags and seatbelts. While there can be many different types of injuries that an occupant can receive during an accident of this nature, over time there have been some common types of injuries that occur repeatedly in rollovers.
Some of these include (but are not limited to):
- Neck and spinal damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Rib and torso damage
- Various internal injuries
It’s also important to note that while inertia-reel seatbelts can protect occupants in front/rear and side types of crashes, they are not designed to hold a passenger in their seat when upside-down, which is what happens during a rollover.
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